Skunk Rabies Vaccine Research
Mephitis remains unchangeably the same - a grave and friendly
little fellow who wants no more (but wants this much with
inexorable insistence) than to be treated with civility.
[ Marvels & Mysteries of Our Animal World; 1964 pg. 182 ]
We have seen a recent increase in the awareness of a very pertinent
problem facing all captive-bred skunk owners. There is no approved,
government recognized rabies vaccine or quarantine period for skunks.
Because of this dilemma, skunk owners are faced with the very real
risk of losing their pets to rabies related brain testing in the event
they accidentally bite someone. Many states in the US will not allow
pet skunk ownership because a rabies vaccine for skunks goes unproven.
A corporation has been formed to work on getting a rabies vaccine
tested and accepted by the US government. This organization is called
Aspen Skunk Rabies Research Inc. Currently, this group is working on
fundraising to support the needed research and hunting for a qualified
research facility to perform the needed testing.
The goals of the Aspen Skunk Rabies Research (ASRR) organization are:
To learn more about Aspen Skunk Rabies Research Inc. and
their work towards approving a rabies vaccine for our pet skunks
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- Obtain U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for a rabies
vaccine for skunks.
- Establish a recognized quarantine period for skunks, similar to that
of other domestic species, such as dogs, cats, ferrets, etc. in the
event of a bite to a human.
- Change state laws to recognize vaccine and quarantine period for
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