Passports: The Final Furlong?
The CLA is reminding owners of horses, ponies and donkies that
they only have until the end of this month to obtain a passport
for their four legged friends.
According to DEFRA, under the horse passports scheme all owners
must obtain a passport for each horse, pony or donkey they own.
After 28 February 2005, animals without one can not be sold, bought,
moved to attend a competition or show, moved to new premises for
breeding, exported, or slaughtered for human consumption.
Carole Hodgson, CLA Assistant Regional Director North and Equine
Adviser said: "Although we believe that this legislation has
been badly introduced, passports will be required by law at the
end of this month and I would advise that owners move to obtain
Ms Hodgson, who owns five horses, expressed exasperation at this
latest red tape to hit the equine industry, which has seen Defra
requirements change on the hoof more than once.
She said: "Government can only guess at the number of horses
in this country to the nearest 1/2 million; those who followed
advice and obtained their passports early are now at a disadvantage
by having signed the 'not for human consumption' which is no longer
necessary; and now the expensive requirement for a vet to complete
the identification part for horses that are not microchipped -
another change of heart by DEFRA - appears to be redundant as riders
can obtain their passports from Scotland, where this rule does
In response to the many queries concerning this and other equine
issues, CLA North is to shortly announce a dedicated equine advisory
team. For further information contact Carole Hodgson on 01524 782209.