Produces "Passports For Horses" Scheme for DEFRA
British Equestrian Federation on behalf of the horse industry has
provided for government a detailed plan for passports for all UK
horses and ponies - and a disease surveillance scheme.
Federation promised the Minister for Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Alun
Michael MP to provide its own recommendations for this major project
by the end of June.
have fulfilled our obligation as promised and on time," said
BEF Chief Executive Andrew Finding, paying tribute to the work of
its Implementation Planning Team.
plan provides for passports to be issued by government approved
Passport Issuing organisations. These include breed societies, sports
organisations and others already involved in registration and passport
issuing for horses and ponies.
BEF is asking government to fund all costs for the first two years
- and to pay indefinitely for the new Central Disease Surveillance
Register which would accompany the passport scheme.
Finding said they were aware that the passports proposal was controversial
in some areas of the horse industry, but their aim was to minimise
inconvenience to horse owners, and to be as user friendly as possible.
is important that we co-operate with government and try to set the
cost to the industry as low as possible," said Mr Finding.
"It is vital that the industry itself has a proper input to
an effective and fully researched national scheme for passports,
disease surveillance and breeding."
said they had been greatly assisted in preparing the scheme by representatives
of breed and breeding societies, stud book organisations, the British
Horseracing Board, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, ILPH, BEVA,
BHS, DEFRA, State Veterinary Service, Scottish Equestrian Association,
Animal Health Trust, UK Sport and many more.
industry's recommendations were made to the DEFRA Minister, the
Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, by Mr Finding and by BEF Consultant Director
of Breeding, Graham Suggett, on June 27, 2002 in London.
is now awaiting a DEFRA decision on its recommendations.
The plan can be viewed on the BEF web site: www.bef.co.uk