Switzerland tightens rules on horse movement

horse portrait2_blogIn an effort to fight equine disease outbreaks, Switzerland has implemented new rules regarding horse movement and reporting.

With the new rules, each time a horse is moved to a new stable or the owners change must be reported to the Animal Tracing Database (BDTA). There are some exceptions – for example, if the move lasts less than 30 days, The Horse reports. Owners must also inform the database when a horse is castrated, imported, exported, dies or is euthanized.

Currently, horses born after January 1, 2011 have to be identified using a microchip, according to the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture. In 2008, the European Union (EU) adopted a microchipping rule that required the animals to also have an accompanying identification document called a passport.

The goal of both measures is to improve tracebility for horses and other equids as well as help manage disease outbreaks better.

Read more from The Horse here.

For more on EU equine regulations, check out this link.

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