A drove (a drove – who knew) of miniature donkeys has been imported from theUSA and undergone quarantine at the Mickleham Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ)Facility in Victoria.

Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and theEnvironment, Andrew Tongue, said that all animals imported into Australia,large or small, must undergo quarantine.

“Just like all horses, donkeys and mules imported into Australia, theseminiature donkeys have had to undergo a fortnight in pre-export quarantine intheir country of origin, followed by two weeks in PEQ at Mickleham,” Mr Tonguesaid.

“Donkeys could be carrying diseases that Australia is currently free from,such as equine influenza, equine piroplasmosis, and contagious equinemetritis.

“That means they need to undergo quarantine – no matter how cute they are.

“The mini donkeys were imported by a breeder in Victoria. We don’t have manybloodlines here in Australia, so the importer brought them in to bolster hisbreeding operation with new and high-quality blood lines.

“These donkeys are now settling into their new home in Victoria afterthoroughly charming the staff at Mickleham.

“Australia has strict conditions for the import of animals to safeguard usfrom significant biosecurity risks, and our world-class PEQ facility and staffalso play a vital role.

“They help ensure that any imported animals comply with our conditions andaren’t carrying potential pests or diseases before being released.

“Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s up to all of us to playour part in keeping Australia safe.

“If you’re considering importing animals, plants or other goods from overseasmake sure you are aware of and follow our conditions.”

For more information on importing live animals into Australia visit: Importinglive animals and reproductive material.

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