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Welsh charity calls for horse passport laws

Horse insurance policy holders may be keen to back a campaign aimed at cracking down on people who neglect their animals.

Monmouth-based Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies has launched an initiative in an attempt to persuade the Welsh authorities that equine passports should become compulsory across the country.

The group has said that it has been forced to care for excessive numbers of animals this winter – many of which were stray and unidentifiable due to the lack of microchipping.

Nick Ramsay – the Monmouthshire representative for the National Assembly for Wales – has thrown his weight behind the campaign.

“I hadn’t realised the scale of the problem of horses not being microchipped with the less scrupulous owners getting away with it without being prosecuted,” he remarked.

One horse lover who could be in favour of the initiative is the Queen, who saw her racehorse Carlton House suffer defeat in the Epsom Derby last weekend (June 4th 2011).

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