The Mandatory Microchipping by Law of Adult Equines.
Since June 2018 A new law requiring horse owners to microchip their animals has been introduced to prevent abuse and improve welfare.
All foals registered with the WPCS are microchipped in the year of their birth.
New equine identification regulations mean it is now mandatory for all horses, ponies and donkeys in Wales, England, and Scotland to be microchipped. This will allow local authorities and the police to track the owners of abandoned, lost or stolen horses, so they can be reunited with their owners more easily.
If horse owners do not microchip their equines by the deadline relevant to their place of abode, they could face sanctions from their local authority including a compliance notice and, as a last resort, a fine of up to £200 per animal.
Those deadlines are:
England: by 1st October 2020
Wales: by 12th February 2021
Scotland: by 28th March 2021
What does this mean?
You must now microchip all animals born before June 30th 2009.
All animals born on or after June 30th, 2009 should already be microchipped.
To avoid the need to return the passports of the whole population of Welsh ponies, Cobs and their Partbreds born prior to 2010 to the WPCS, the Society have produced an easy to use form for owners to fill. This form once completed can be sent to the WPCS office.
What do I have to do?
First download the Form from www.wpcs.uk.com/downloads
If you do not have access to a computer please send a large SAE to the WPCS Office requesting a Microchipping form. (one form can contain the details of 5 animals).
When your Vet microchips the animal – please place one of the two stickers provided with the microchip in the passport. It should be stuck in between the two silhouette drawings of the animal. This should be stamped over the corner of the sticker (not restricting the barcode) by the vet and signed to prevent the sticker being removed or replaced in the passport.
Please place the second sticker on the form in the designated space.
Fill in the form with the name of the animal, note its ‘Section’ of the breed, its registration number (which is on the passport) and then sign as the owner.
Your vet must then sign, date and stamp the form.
THERE IS AN ADMINISTRATION CHARGE OF £1 PER ANIMAL
Please pay online, send a cheque or postal order or pay by card over the phone or include your payment details and return the completed form to:
Do not send your passport with the form.
The WPCS will then enter the Microchip details on to the Society’s database.
You will not receive any conformation from the Society. We would recommend sending via signed for post if you wish to make sure your form has arrived safely at the society office as this will allow you to track its arrival.