According to the ARB, Racing Victoria's chief veterinary surgeon, Dr John McCaffrey, made submissions on the protocols that should "desirably be adopted to allow competition horses to enter Australia and at the same time ensure that Australia remains free of foot and mouth disease." There was unanimity that any changes would only be considered on their scientific merits, according to the ARB, with Director of Animal & Plant Quarantine, Mike Taylor, indicating that his department would try to find a satisfactory solution.
Allowing the European horses into Australia under the new set of protocols, "is a sensible outcome that will allow Australia's premier sporting event to proceed unimpeded at the same time as maintaining the highest standards of quarantine that have kept this devastating disease out of Australia for almost 130 years," according to the racing board.
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