Horse passports rule introduced
Every horse, donkey and pony in England and Wales is now required to have its own passport.
The regulations come in response to a European directive aimed at preventing horses treated with certain drugs from being sold as horsemeat.
The documents will identify each individual horse and show a record of which medicines the animal has taken.
The passports cost around £20 each but owners face fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to comply with the new rules.
Animals without a passport cannot be sold or exported, moved from one place to another or slaughtered for human consumption.
February 28, 2005
EU implosion, update #2
More evidence that the EU will inevitably collapse under the weight of bureaucracy and regulation: