Before pets can be imported to New Zealand, they need to meet health requirements. I have known about the lion example for a long time. In fact, I discussed in the original version of the pet chapter in my book. (The chapter got too long so I had to drop it.) In every case of wild chimpanzee “pet-keeping” things turned out bad for the pet, which was eventually killed. This was also the case with the lion example you sent. The sad part is that the lioness adopted half a dozen baby antelopes, all of which were eaten by other lions.
Most of the research on pet ownership and health outcomes compares pet owners with non-pet owners, but is this an appropriate comparison to make? Is there something about pet owners that is inherently different about these groups that may also affect health? In other words, can we trust research that examines pet owners and non-pet owners and then tries to make causal attributions about differences in health? According to some research, pet owners are indeed different across a wide range of variables that are also related to health; however there are only a few empirical studies that help us understand how they may be different and how large that difference may be.
We’ve developed a new resource to help you bring your dog to New Zealand from a “category 3” country or territory. It includes a checklist to help you ensure your dog has met the requirements. A category 3 country or territory is where rabies is either absent or well-controlled. You’ll find a list of them on page 6 of our import health standard guidance document.
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