The government has laid down new legislation to have all horses, ponies and donkeys (zebra’s too if you happen to have one), micro-chipped by October 2020.
Yup! All of them!
This really is good news as far as we are concerned and is in response to concern from equine charities like ours and the general public, hoping to address the continuing horse welfare issues in the UK.
Back in 2018 Lord Gardiner (Animal Welfare Minister), said:
‘’The government shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare and it is completely unacceptable that hundreds of horses and ponies are left abandoned every year by irresponsible owners.
That is why we have today laid new regulations in Parliament requiring horses to be microchipped. This will bolster the ability of local authorities and police to identify abandoned animals, ensuring these beautiful creatures receive the care they deserve and that those who mistreat them will face the consequences.’’
The Here4Horses team are in complete agreement with this statement. We are confident that it can not only make it easier for equine welfare charities like ours, to carry out our invaluable work but also has the potential to significantly reduce animal neglect and abandonment.
A traceable owner is more likely to be a responsible owner. We would hope!
In conjunction with the now mandatory horse passport, the future for our equine friends looks safer and brighter.
So, if you are lucky enough to own or care for one of these magnificent animals, please see our Q and A section below to discover what you need to do next.
You can also find more information at www.equineregister.co.uk.