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"Keeping foreign dogs out is not bureaucracy but good public health."
I think you've got your cart before your horse.
How many dogs pass on a disease like rabies, when the dogs are from a country likr the US where rabies shots are normal and required? Not too many.
Now, how many of those visiting sailors and tourists are going to pass on HIV and other fatal diseases directly to humans? And, unlike a dog with a rabies tag, your average tourist does not come with an HIV-certification. Much less one for measels or mumps.
That just means the rabies ban is an economic issue, not a public health one. Extort all the money you can out of those who can afford to pay it, and don't let anyone in unless they can drop gobs of money. Since dogs are generally known to spend very little while on vacation alone, they're not welcome, with or without tags.
"Over the last 100 years, rabies in the United States has changed dramatically. More than 90% of all animal cases reported annually to CDC now occur in wildlife; before 1960 the majority were in domestic animals. The principal rabies hosts today are wild carnivores and bats.
The number of rabies-related human deaths in the United States has declined from more than 100 annually at the turn of the century to one or two per year in the 1990's. Modern day prophylaxis has proven nearly 100% successful."
That puts the odds of some small island acquiring rabies from a vaccinated US canine at something on the order of one in a billion or higher. They're more likely to be wiped out by a volcano, or thunderbolts from Olympus.