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EU Move to Tighten Horse Passport Rules 'Falls Short'

17 September 2014

EU - Eurogroup for Animals claims the revised rules for the identification of horses by EU Member States does not go far enough and problems will still remain as reliable traceability will not become a reality.

Proposed changes make the European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU more reliable and safer as it will reduce the number of passport issuing offices (PIOs), mandate the creation of central databases for equines in each Member State and include all horses born since 1 January 2009.

Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals said: “This is only a temporary solution, something of a 'sticking-plaster' to address the current system, it is however welcome after over a year of negotiation between Member States and the Commission to find a solution.

“Needless to say this represents a big step forward in terms of equine tractability, but we hope that when the proposed Animal Health Law is adopted and becomes applicable, this temporary solution can be replaced with a new regulation that addresses all our concerns and ensures that the 7 million equidae across the EU are traceable,” concluded Ms Hameleers.

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