Ticket to Ride Will Hurt Law-Abiding; TALES FROM THE TACK ROOM
Byline: tia JONES
WHOOPEE! Yet another EU directive that guarantees more paperwork and bureaucracy with doubtful benefits: horse passports.
This move is designed to protect the food chain which is hardly an issue in this country,as we do not eat horse meat. Although we must have horse passports by the end of the year, many vital details have yet to be confirmed, such as whether the document will declare said horse is never for human consumption.
Failure to hold a passport could cost up to pounds 5,000 or one month in prison. The approximate passport price per horse will be pounds 30,depending on whether you already have papers. A discount is offered for an establishment with several horses.
Just like the gun laws and the new livestock burial rules, the great majority of the law-abiding population will adhere to the legislation; the very people who do not keep sawn-off shotguns under their beds nor present dodgy slabs of meat into the human food chain.
Are there any benefits? I rang the Irish Draught Society (GB),of which I am a member.
Margaret Dean, a trustee, said: ``The IDS took on board that there were equines with no documentation or breed papers and therefore decided to open a new register.
``Owners will be issued with a Utility Horse passport that conforms to EU regulations. You must send an identification document signed by a vet. If you have a vaccination certificate with identification details on, these can be used. …