New ID rules wel­comed

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The Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs’ new leg­is­la­tion has been well re­ceived by the Bri­tish Horse Coun­cil as well as the wider equine com­mu­nity. The reg­u­la­tions, which be­came law on 1 Oc­to­ber, make it a re­quire­ment for ev­ery horse, pony and don­key in Eng­land to be mi­crochipped and pos­sess a valid UK pass­port, with all de­tails stored on a cen­tral equine data­base. Own­ers of horses born be­fore 30 June 2009 have two years to get their horses chipped; any born af­ter this should al­ready be chipped. It’s hoped, as a re­sult, own­ers and horses will have greater pro­tec­tion against theft, the spread of dis­ease and ne­glect. Chair of The Bri­tish Horse Coun­cil, Jeanette Allen, says: “The new reg­u­la­tions are a sig­nif­i­cant boost for equine health and wel­fare.”

New rules mean all horses must be chipped and have a pass­port

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