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European Union To Require Micro-Chipping Of Foals
Member states of the European Union "have reached an agreement on a new regulation that will revise existing equine identification legislation," reported thehorse.com. The main new requirement "is the compulsory micro-chipping of foals born after 1 July 2009". The requirement "will not be retro-active for older horses & the regulation does allow member states to approve alternative methods to the microchip". Microchips "provide a link between a horse & its passport & strengthen existing horse identification requirements"; such "unique identification could also prove useful for disease control & surveillance purposes & for the recovery of lost or stolen horses".