Isaac M. Maeda

Veterinary Program Manager at The Hawai'i Injured Workers Association

Location:
201 Merchant Street Suite 1805, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Company:
The Hawai'i Injured Workers Association
HQ Phone:
(808) 586-3000
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Last Updated 7/29/2016

General Information

Employment History

Rabies Quarantine Branch  - University of Hawaii

Education

DVM  - 

Web References  

Hawaiian Humane Society - News & Events - Current Issues

Speaker #2: Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Animal Quarantine Branch Manager, Dr. Isaac Maeda.

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VetCentric - The Quarantine Quandary

The quarantine stations have individual runs for dogs, with concrete flooring and an enclosure in the back, to protect the animals from the elements, said Isaac Maeda, DVM, program manager for the animal quarantine branch of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's division of animal industry.The cats are kept in catteries-buildings with individual cat enclosures side by side.Most of the cat enclosure is indoors, with a small area on the outside surrounded by a chain-link fence.Dr. Maeda takes that argument with a grain of salt."There's no real evidence of that happening frequently," he said."Every now and then there may be a case of someone discovered to have an animal, but I haven't seen any data as far as a large number of these animals coming in, and doubt that it's widespread."People always hear about others with smuggled animals-a relative, or a friend-but no one ever sees it, he said, adding that it's kind of like an urban legend, or folklore."Especially now, with increased security at ports, it's becoming harder to do these things," he said.In 90 years, the quarantine has never found a rabid animal.About three-quarters of the people who bring their pets apply for the 30-day quarantine period, Dr. Maeda said.Only about 1 percent of those who apply for the shortened quarantine period fail to meet the requirements and are re-routed to the 120-day program.Assessing the riskThe Hawaii Department of Agriculture is studying the issue to see whether some of the quarantine regulations could be changed, Dr. Maeda said.The department will be examining alternatives to see if the time in quarantine could be reduced.But Dr. Maeda has reservations about some of the coalition's proposed changes.As it stands, the regulations require that animals applying for the 30-day quarantine must wait 90 days after the first blood test on the mainland before entering Hawaii. (Animals that arrive before the 90 days are automatically routed to the 120-day quarantine.) The proposal wouldn't require that.And while groups cite Britain's PETS program as a model, he noted that only certain countries have been approved for participation in the program, and the U.K. still requires a six-month waiting period in one of those countries before the pet can enter."From my standpoint, my personal opinion is that [the proposal] increases the risk," he said.Dr. Maeda said he sees quarantine remaining in place for at least a while longer."I imagine way, way in the future there'll be something else, but it's hard to perceive at this point," he said."The department is going to study it and see what develops."But he's open to discussion of change, and the examination will hopefully prove helpful to all, he said."The changes they do use will hopefully be based on scientific studies rather than emotions, or other issues which cloud the point of the whole program."For more information:Hawaii Department of Agriculture quarantine information

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