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A successful campaign by an alliance of Greek animal welfare organisations has led to the Greek Government to introduce EU laws requiring individual identification of all horses, donkeys and mules – “equidae”1. Known as the ‘Equine Passport Regulation’, animals covered by the EU Regulation will now need to be registered and identified with a unique number (Universal Equine Life Number). This will begin to help give stronger legal protection for all equidae and is potentially very optimistic news for the future of animal welfare in Greece.
In 2017 Ippothesis and Animal Action Hellas formed an alliance to campaign for the implementation of the European Commission Regulations (EU) 2015/262, commonly known as the Equine Passport Regulation.
A Change.Org petition of more than 12,000 citizens campaigning for stronger protection of equidae was presented to the Greek Ministers for Environment and Energy and Agricultural Development and Food in January 2018.
This petition included demanding implementing the EU Equine Passport Regulations as well as the adoption of a Code of Good Practice for Equidae2.
Without proper identification and registration, equidae cannot be linked to the person responsible for their welfare. Sadly, existing national legislation is inadequate with respect to ensuring equine welfare standards, therefore cases of poor welfare, abuse and neglect are often encountered.
The new registration requirements will begin to ensure all owners of equidae throughout Greece will have to care responsibly for their animals and ensure welfare standards are upheld. Failure to look after their animals properly will incur legal penalties.
Animal Welfare organisations, veterinarians, local animal welfare groups and supportive members of both the European and National Parliaments strongly welcome the introduction the European Commission Regulations (EU) 2015/262 into Greek Law.