Horse Passport Pantomime
no, you don't need a vet to apply for a horse passport" said
yes you do" DEFRA now says
Country Land and Business Association has expressed surprise at
DEFRA'S about turn on horse passport applications which has thrown
horse owners and the equine industry into a state of confusion.
to advice given to its Passport Issuing Organisations, DEFRA has
now announced that owners will no longer be allowed to complete
the silhouette section of the horse's passport application by themselves
after 31 January unless the horse is microchipped. Instead the silhouette
must be completed by either a veterinary surgeon or a person authorised
by the passport-issuing organisation (PIO).
CLA's Deputy Regional Director, Sue Harrison, says:" Although
many are unhappy with the legislation, by the end of June 2004 all
horses, ponies and donkeys will be required by law to have a horse
passport. That much is clear.
now we were led to believe that owners could complete the application
forms themselves, saving at least some of the cost of this over-the-top
European legislation. But now we find out that, you either must
pay to have your horse micro-chipped or you must pay a vet to help
you fill in the form.
"The application system was supposedly designed to make it
easier and less expensive for owners to apply for passports, yet
the advice being given on the internet by the various passport issuing
organisations is conflicting and now out of date. Not only are we
having to pay more for the privilege of keeping Europe happy, but
organisations like the CLA are yet again having to use their own
resources to communicate Government policy to the public.