New laws mean that every horse will have to have a microchip by October 2020, and fixed penalty notices (fines) will be issued to owners whose horses are not chipped. In the same way that it is now compulsory to microchip dogs, this is important because it means that horses can be linked to their owners in a central database. If they are stolen or go missing, they can be returned and if someone tries to get a new passport illegally for a horse when it already has one, this will be harder to do. This protects owners from fraudulent sellers as well. We think that anything that helps protect horses’ wellbeing is a step in the right direction.
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