Update on Passports and The New Central Equine Database
It is very important that you check you have returned ALL old passports. When you lose a horse it is very easy to delay informing the Issuing Authority and returning the passport. This means that when the new CED requests information from the PIOs the information will be incorrect and this could have financial implications for yourselves.
Secondly, it is essential that changes of ownership are recorded, the transfer form must be completed and handed to the new owner – the fine for non- compliance now is around £2000.
Lastly, microchipping was not mandatory until July 2009, so many horses issued with passports between 2004 and 2008 were not chipped. Legislation has gone through the EU to allow countries to make retrospective microchipping of those horses mandatory, and it is likely that England will enforce this. This could impose a large cost on ABRS members.
So, ABRS members – go through the desks/drawers/boxes and send those old passports back to the issuing authority before you get landed in the horse poo!
Information supplied by the Donkey Breed Society, Llanfyllin, Powys. SY22 5NE