Horse Society comments on passport policy letter from Defra
British Horse Society (BHS) has today commented on the letter it
has received from Defra, addressed to all equine Passport Issuing
received a letter from Defra regarding the policy on approval of
horse passport silhouette completion, The British Horse Society
is extremely concerned about the economic impact this will have
on owners of equines.
the Minister, the Rt Hon Alun Michael, first introduced the horse
passport scheme it was understood that the intention was for passports
to be produced and issued by PIOs at the most economic price possible.
By restricting the 'Competent Authority' [to complete a silhouette]
to a veterinary surgeon, or an owner whose horse has been micro-chipped,
will considerably increase the cost to horse owners.'