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Horses to have single passport in EU next year
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09:25, June 10, 2008

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Horses, donkeys and other members of the "equine" family in the European Union (EU) will have a single passport next year.

Under new rules adopted by the European Commission on Monday, all equidae will now have to acquire their individual passports within six months after their birth.

At the same time, when the passport is issued, the animal will be tagged with an electronic chip that would be injected to its neck. The chip will match the passport.

The EU's executive arm said the new identification system will help improve the health of horses, donkeys and other members of the "equine" family as the current one was outdated.

"The current system of identifying horses is outdated. It needs to be adapted to the new identification technologies," EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said in a statement.

"It creates a better identification system that in the end will help us fight possible animal diseases," she added.

Source:Xinhua



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