New Equine Microchipping Legislation
Parliament is expected to vote in new legislation to make microchipping of all equines compulsory. Owners have until October 2020 to comply with the new law.
Lord Gardiner, animal welfare minister, said: “The Government shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare and it is completely unacceptable hundreds of horses and ponies are left abandoned every year by irresponsible owners. That is why we have today laid new regulations in Parliament requiring horses to be microchipped.
“This will bolster the ability of local authorities and police to identify abandoned animals, ensuring these beautiful creatures receive the care they deserve and that those who mistreat them will face the consequences.”
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