British Equine Veterinary Association survey reveals compliance hit as 84% find regulations obtuse or problematic to understand.

A survey by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has revealed horse passports confuse vets.

An anonymous survey of 600 BEVA members showed 84% of respondents found the regulations obtuse or problematic to understand, making them difficult to adhere to.

The survey was carried out after questions were raised about the efficacy of the system in the wake of the horse meat scandal earlier this year.

Results also showed only 16% of respondents fully understood their responsibilities in respect of the regulations while 90% believed passports did not fulfil their purpose of preventing unsuitable carcases entering the human food chain.

Now, in conjunction with the Equine Sector Council for Health and Welfare, BEVA is pushing for legislative changes
to make the system more efficient.

Former BEVA president Keith Chandler said: “Fundamentally, it appears understanding and compliance are poor across the entire sector.

“Our members work with horses every day and, while they make a concerted effort to comply with the legislation, the perceived risk of non-compliance by all stakeholders in the sector simply does not outweigh the challenge of compliance.”

For the full story, read next week’s Veterinary Times (VT43.39).

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