Frequently Asked Questions

Who enforces the requirements for horse passports?

The Food Standards Agency are responsible for enforcing the checks carried out at slaughterhouses, and the Local Authorities (e.g. Trading Standards Departments) enforce the remainder of the legislation. As with all Government legislation, there are penalties that can be applied by the courts for non-compliance. These are: a fine to a maximum of £5000 for cases involving one to ten animals and a maximum fine of £1000 per animal for cases involving more than ten animals. Second offences can lead to a maximum of one month's imprisonment.

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