Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir will prepare a new risk assessment for the Icelandic government on the import of cats and dogs, Vísir reports. Changes to the regulations for guide dogs, in particular, will be reviewed. The regulations will continue to focus on maintaining Iceland’s good standing in regards to animal diseases.
Dr. Preben Willeberg, former Chief Veterinary Officer for Denmark, will carry out the research. Dr. Willeberg has been active in many international bodies concerned with animal health since 1972. He has published more than 100 scientific papers mainly on epidemiological topics and co-authored a widely used textbook on veterinary epidemiology.
The report is expected to be completed in April 2018.
Þorgerður Katrín announced the news happily on her Facebook page, stating “I am confident that a new, impartial, and professional risk assessment will better define these issues, for the benefit of all.”