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Re the two horses in Wiltshire euthanised because post import testing found Equine Infectious AnaemiaEmail received January 20 2010
"How about a PRE-IMPORT testing regime?Another posting on the Horse and Hound forum suggests that a petition be sent to DEFRA that
Some readers might like to comment on this wise letter: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5259843/Main/5259768/ [excerpt]
".... EIA is endemic to Rumania and all horses, barring those bound for slaughter in Italy, by law should have a negative Coggins Test before leaving Rumania. "Fat use , ".... success of our post import testing regime"
But speculation among the horse industry is that the yard belongs to a horse dealer. The horses were certified as having entered the UK for "breeding purposes" but that has been found not to be the case.
If you import a horse/s for "breeding purposes"........ guess what, NO "customs duty".
"the recent importation of Infectious Equine Anaemia into this country has shown that the Tripartite Agreement is deeply flawed as it stands. This disease was brought into the country by a dealer who imported Rumanian horses from France. The horses concerned were in the UK for approx 4 weeks before a Coggins Test was undertaken. We were just lucky that it was in the depths of winter when very few or no biting insects were around, this could just have easily happened mid summer and a post import test would have been useless.
EIA is endemic to Rumania and all horses, barring those bound for slaughter in Italy, by law should have a negative Coggins Test before leaving Rumania. Horses intended for immediate slaughter in Italy are somehow ending up in the hands of unscrupulous dealers and entering the UK via France to be sold on for the ridden leisure market and this is how we find ourselves in the position we are in today.
Any horse testing positive for EIA in the UK will be euthanised immediately, the compensation paid to any affected owners is £1, no matter what the real worth of the animal.
Under the TPA's current legislation, no horses imported from France and Ireland to the UK need undertake ANY health checks and it is not only EIA that our herd is at risk from
We the undersigned demand an amendment to the TPA so that only Racing, Breeding or Competition horses are covered. We want to see rigorous health checks undertaken on all other horses imported to the UK no matter where their point of origin is."