International attention focuses mostly on the Hungarian authorities’ efforts to stem illegal migration at the country’s southern borders, in fact no one is exempt from producing their proper travel documents when entering the country. Contrary to popular opinion, authorities will not turn a blind eye even if the stowaways are “Russians”.
The Hungarian National Tax and Customs Office (NAV) have reported on their Facebook page that their staff found five 3-4 month old cats in a bus on the M1 motorway. On the Komárom-Esztergom county section of the M1 motorway, the police checked a Romanian bus in which they found five Russian blue kittens with unfilled animal passports.
The official veterinarian was informed and found that the animals had not been vaccinated and were not chipped. The government agency then proceeded to confiscate the kittens, taking them later to an animal welfare shelter.
Pets crossing the border even within the EU are required to have a proper animal passport, which is a document signed and stamped by an authorized veterinary practice proving that the animals were vaccinated. This is necessary to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases such as rabies.
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