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Topic: Bringing a rabbit from USA to Canada
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Mar 29, 2016 09:21PM)
At first I thought you needed a permit for each animal traveling from USA to Canada. I recently found out domestic and pet rabbits does not require import permits or health certificates: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/policies/live-animals/pets/rabbits/eng/1331850639367/1331850850188

The big question is does a rabbit a magician uses for business count as a domestic or pet rabbit?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 30, 2016 11:26AM)
I guess one way, is your rabbit house trained, I am told rabbits can roam the house just like a cat. They can be litter box trained as well.

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1. relating to home: relating to or used in the home or everyday life within a household
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Message: Posted by: Pirouz (Mar 30, 2016 12:55PM)
According to the link you provided, you should be OK if it is your pet.
There's no reason that the rabbit used in your show can't also be your pet rabbit.

However, its probably best to wait for a reply from a magician that has actually gone through this.
Message: Posted by: MagicalMotivator (Apr 3, 2016 11:12PM)
Are you driving or flying, because the importation procedure could be very different - as well as what province you are entering (may be local issues)? Also is there any issues with USDA in bringing your rabbit back into the US (especially the amount of time outside the country).
Your rabbit would be classed as a pet. Rabbits for business would most likely be for professional agriculture showing and or breeding. I have not within the last 10 years moved performance animals (mainly doves) between Canada and the US, however prior to that I did do it quite bit. It was a very paperwork orientated procedure. The rule I found is to check and re check prior - talk to Canada Customs and Agriculture Canada (as well as USDA) ON THE PHONE, and recall and speak to them on another day (and get officers names for a paper trail).
Sounds like lot of work, but do it - you don't want to be stuck at the border for hours or turned back.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 6, 2016 10:27PM)
I am driving.

I will go over there to speak with them face to face.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 22, 2018 02:03AM)
Each time I drive to Canada with my pets, there is no problem. I bring the rabbit, guinea pig and a chinchilla. I unable to bring a dove because it will take time and money by seeing a vet first.