There is a recent call out from DEFRFA to all horse owners asking them to ensure their horses and ponies are microchipped ahead of 1 October 2020 which is in aid to tackle horse theft, improve equine traceability and improve animal welfare.
From this date, it will be mandatory for all horse owners to ensure that their animal are microchipped. In an effort to tackle the problem, it will mean that local authorities and the police will be able to track down owners who abandon their pets which will help towards improving welfare standards whilst also helping to avoid horse theft.
Sanctions could be placed on those that do not comply.
For more information from DEFRA please click here