Scottish Government has finalised its equine ID guidance and the government are about to contact every horse owner in Scotland to remind them of their responsibilities.
The Scottish Horse Passport Guidance lets horse owners know how and when to get or amend your passport, when and how a passport is used and obligations around microchipping. All equines in Scotland, regardless of age, must be microchipped by 28 March 2021.
- A letter and copy of the guidance will be sent to every Scottish horse owner recorded on ScotEquine about mid-July. Date TBC.... ScotEquine get their data from UKCED; there are approximately 70k Scottish equines registered on UKCED and they are associated with approx 31 k households so Scottish Government is currently writing to these.
- The letter notes the future use of the ScotEquine card, which will allow owners to make certain movements within Scotland without the need to be accompanied by the passport.
- The passport must always accompany the animal when being bought or sold or being moved to slaughter.
- This means enforcement can start and there are fixed penalty notices but local authorities will take time to get up to speed and have been asked for a light touch.