Gaps In Border Controls Threaten EU Equine Industry
The Annual General Meeting of the European Federation of Thoroughbred
Breeder's Association (EFTBA) will be reminded that Border Inspection
Posts are the first line of defence against the importation of animal
diseases - including equine diseases which could be severely detrimental
to the sector.
The point will be raised as part of a joint presentation by EFTBA
Chairman Ms Eimear Mulhern; and Mr Cathal Lynch from the Irish Business
"Whilst the EU have provided considerable support in terms
of thorough inspections and a report on these facilities, the EFTBA
is extremely concerned that the standard of veterinary checks on
live animals obviously varies considerably from country to country;
and, in some cases, is practically non-existent," says Ms Mulhern.
"We only have to look at the recent Foot & Mouth Disease
outbreak to appreciate the potential consequences of this."
Ms Mulhern will call on Thoroughbred Breeding Associations throughout
its 22 member countries to maintain pressure on their own national
Governments who are responsible for operating Border Inspection
"Not only is it important to continuously highlight the possible
disease and economic dangers posed to the entire EU Equine industry,
it is also critical to call on national Governments to do something
about it and to improve the standards of border inspections where
necessary," says Ms Mulhern.
It is estimated that over 153,000 thoroughbred horses are represented
by the EFTBA and that there are 144,000 full time equivalent people
employed by EFTBA members. Founded in October 1993, the EFTBA membership
spans 22 countries, 13 of which are members of the EU.
The 9th Annual General Meeting of the EFTBA will be held in Paris
this Sunday (12th May, 2002)