Reminder – all horses must be microchipped by October 2020 by law

Reminder of New Law Re All Horses Must be Microchipped By October 2020

From October 2020 it will be mandatory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys. The new Central Equine Database (https://www.equineregister.co.uk/home) will then allow local authorities and police to track down the owners of dumped horses and make sure they are punished and the animals are given the care they deserve.
It will also mean lost or stolen horses will be reunited with their owners more easily.

The Central Equine Database logs all domesticated horses, including those required to be microchipped by October 2020. This will offer a practical solution to the pressing animal welfare issues which arise when horses are abandoned, making it easier to rehome the animals more quickly and effectively and has been welcomed by charities such as the RSPCA.

Defra state that they believe this extension of the current rules on compulsory microchipping will go some way to help find those irresponsible owners that abandon their horses as well as helping owners be reunited with their animals that have been stolen.

If horse owners do not microchip their horses by October 2020 they could face sanctions from their local authority including a compliance notice and, as a last resort, a fine of up to £200.
Jeanette Allen, Chair of The British Horse Council, said:
This new legislation has the full support of the British Horse Council. We have been working closely with Defra and this achieves the important step of requiring all equine animals to have a microchip.

This is a huge advance for the UK’s horses, ponies and donkeys. It will not only enable irresponsible owners to be held properly accountable for the treatment of their animal, it will also aid in reuniting owners with lost or stolen horses and significantly supports the UK’s efforts to protect our equines from disease outbreaks.

To check if your horse is on the database go to https://www.equineregister.co.uk/home

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