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On this page Argos founder Stella will regularly bring you up to date news on a wide range of subjects concerning the shelters activities and any other information that concerns animal welfare in general. Whatever the news and however it affects the shelter and its mission, our supporters have a right to know.

Importing pets to Britain & Sweden

As we come to the end of another year and 2012 not far on the horizon, we are heartened by the news that both the British and Swedish governments are relaxing their regulations on the import of pets into their respective countries as from January 2012.

This is indeed good news for our pets as the previously protracted procedure to prepare pets to travel abroad will no longer apply. Now, all that will be required is the rabies vaccination one month prior to travel date, pet passport, up-to-date annual vaccinations, tick and tape and microchip. Now families and their pets can be reunited so much quicker and the stress of the long wait will be alleviated.

As far as Argos shelter is concerned, we have 8 dogs and one cat that have long waited to begin their journey to a new life in the UK with their new families and the opening of England and Sweden’s doors will, hopefully, see many more of our homeless pets traveling to new homes abroad.

On another note but still on pets, you may be interested to read the following announcement on pet foods as circulated in the EU:

Pet food

Commission publishes labelling code that will benefit millions of pets in the EU.

A Code of good labelling practice for pet food is published today by the European Commission. It will allow millions of pet owners across the EU to keep their animals healthy, thanks to improved labelling allowing informed choices on the pet food they buy. Pets occupy an increasingly important role in EU society. More than 70 million households in the Union keep pet animals and thus regularly purchase pet food. The estimated 64 million cats, 60 million dogs, eight million aquaria and other pet animals (estimated at 65 million) consume about 8.3 million tons of pet food every year (for a total value of 13.5 billion).

The code is also expected to help the pet food industry to better cope with the legal requirements. The "layman's guide" contained in the code will enable consumers to understand pet food labels better and to chose the right food for their animals.

The European law on Pet Food was modernised in 2009 and provides for detailed requirements, which have to be met by pet food manufacturers. Product information rules go well beyond the actual label on the product. They also cover product flyers and other means of information including the internet.

Claims that might mislead the customers are tackled through a requirement to scientifically substantiate such claims. Additionally, each label must indicate a contact, e.g. a telephone number, in case the customer wants to have more information on the product. Another important advantage concerns the fact that the code assures a harmonised approach: instead of having 27 different national interpretations of the labelling rules, the code gives clear guidance on how the provisions should be applied throughout the EU.

The code represents a success story for co-regulation. It has been prompted by EU legislation and drafted by the European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF) and finalised in consultation with all interested parties and the experts from the Member States.FEDIAF will gradually provide other language versions on its own website, but the English version shall be the reference text.

The code is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/animalnutrition/labelling/index_en.htm

We wish everyone a Merry Xmas and may the New Year be blessed with peace, justice, good health and prosperity.

Stella