Horses: Tagging

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations his Department has introduced in relation to the micro-chipping of horses; and what penalties can be levied on people that do not comply with those regulations.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The rules relating to the microchipping of horses in England, including details of the penalties that can be applied in the event of non-compliance, are contained in The Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018 (2018 No.761)

From 1 October this year, it will be mandatory in England, for owners to microchip horses, ponies and donkeys. Further information is available at

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