Re: PASSPORTS - CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
following my above post, I emailed DEFRA regarding :
1. having to carry your horse's passport when your horse is off his yard for more than 3 hours and
2. with my above query of change of ownership details.
here's my email to them and their reply is in the post below, at least they're taking notice, which is great
I have two questions
1: regarding the new legislation for passports when out with your horse for 3 hours or more, would it be cost effective and viable for horse owners to be issued with a card similar to a photo driving licence with their horses brief details, microchip number, passport number and PIO etc, as this is small and easy for owners/riders to carry, fits in a purse or pocket and I'm sure most owners would pay a small fee to obtain one.
2: I feel the law on passports when a pony/horse is sold needs revising. 18 months ago I sold my old pony, he is still registered to me, his passport and freezemark papers haven't been changed. When buying a new horse, the old owner signs a declaration, signing the passport over to the new owner, who then has 30 days to notify the relevant passporting organisation of change of details. I am becoming increasingly aware that I am not the only one whose old horse/pony is still registered to them. The penalty for not having a passport is upto a £5000 fine and/or 6 months in jail. I feel that the passport should be changed to a similar system as the Vehicle Registration Document, whereby, the old owner will fill in part of the slip, and return that themselves to the relevant passport organisation, the new owner has the 30 days to send their part in and if they fail to do so, then they should be fined pro rata on how late the form is sent in. This would encourage more owners to get the forms sent. When I bought my new horse I couldn't insure him, until my passport was returned to me as proof of ownership and his identity. Also, my horse was issued with his passport at Llanybydder Horse Sales, by The Veteran Horse Society, the day before his sale, surely at 6-7 months old, he should have already been passported prior to being registered for the sale. How many stolen horses end up at sales like this, to be issued with new passports before being sold to unsuspecting new owners. I feel this is something that DEFRA urgently needs to look at.
Thank you for your time
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