In the UK the media did a lot of informing and all vets had to advise their clients as did breed registeries, the BHS, Pony Club, riding clubs, competition venues and there were posters in feed stores and tack shops.
The only way it was enforced was any vet attending to your horse had to ask to see your passport re. If you'd allowed human consumption, all show venues etc required to see it and you couldnt sell at auction without one or send a horse to slaughter. If you bought a horse in any other way you were advised to demand a passport
Horses and ponies registered with a recognised breed society and TB's registered with the bloodstock agency didnt need one as they are all acceptable as passports
I imagine the same will be done here.
Perhaps, but only bc we've been required to have a neg. Coggins at auctions at least since I've frequented them, since the mid-1980's. CERTAINLY it would create more government bureaucracy, which I have had enough of---T.E.A.
I don't know what will happen to horses where owners wont pay the costs of euthanasia, it would be a good idea if charities could raise money to pay the costs of that in real hardship cases.
Are you joking? People in trouble are competing for $unemployment in this crummy economy. There is a thread now about not being able to keep/feed/medicate a horse dumped in somebody's pasture--how do we come up with the money to pay for this? Dream on...
I'm not opposed to slaughter because there is a need for it but transporting horses to Canada and Mexico that are often sick and injured does not seem right to me.
A new problem, since the non-horse owning bleeding hearts changed a slaughterhouse system that was working. THIS was the argument used to close these slaughterhouses,
and this didn't happen routinely until they closed.
The US needs to get its own yards up and running again so people can at least expect some humane treatment and maybe look into allowing horse meat back into the pet food industry. It has to follow the same rules as for human consumption in the UK but maybe the US would relax those.
Doubt it. In NYC restaurants can't use too much salt, or sell mega-sized soft drinks. More regulation on the way, so I don't think so.
THE WHOLE THING sounds like Rahm Emmanuel's, "Don't let a crises go to waste."
Totally disgusted. It will only make lawful citizens into criminals, and cause the rest of us to quietly disobey NEW legislation, just like when FDR was in office and we had a happy, healthy black market.