Feeds

EU orders horsemeat and chips in equine passport scheme

Four legs now, two legs next?

The Power of One Infographic

The European Union will kick off a single passport and chip system next year - but only for horses and donkeys. Well, for now anyway.

The scheme is, depending how you look at it, either a cutting edge effort to ensure the security and health of Europe’s horses, donkeys and other equines or a dry run for a chipped and compliant human population.

The scheme - COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 504/2008 implementing Council Directives 90/426/EEC and 90/427/EEC as regards methods for the identification of equidae, to give it its full moniker - is due to come into force next July.

It will mean foals must be chipped within six months of birth and issued with a passport. This is all recorded in a database under a “unique life number”. This will be a significant leap in the identification of horses, donkeys and the like, which are currently ID'd via a “hand drawn outline diagram.”

The passport really will be for life – horses sent to the knacker’s yard will have to bring their passport with them “as an essential part of the food-chain information required by the food law”.

Brussels’ chipping plan for horses comes just months after it implemented a similar scheme for sheep and goats.

In a statement, the EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said: "The current system of identifying horses is outdated. It needs to be adapted to the new identification technologies. The regulation adopted by the Commission addresses this issue. It creates a better identification system that in the end will help us fight possible animal diseases."

Quite right. And of course, why should the EU stop there?

Many humans in Europe are currently identified by nothing so complex as a crude picture commonly known as a “photograph”. How much easier it would be if infant Europeans were chipped at birth and issued with a single document and number for life? It’ll never happen of course. After all, who ever heard of the EU treating its citizens like asses? ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet
Swedish court refuses to withdraw arrest warrant
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles
Arrests people allegedly accessing child abuse images online
LightSquared backer sues FCC over spectrum shindy
Why, we might as well have been buying AIR
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.