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FEBRUARY 2020 THE RIDER /25 Section 2


Canadian


Equine Identification Program Update


By Equestrian Canada Thank you for your


feedback. The development of


the Canadian Equine Identi- fication Program (CEIL) is well


overview of Phase 1 of the CEIP was released to the community for feedback in early September. The online feedback form will remain open indefinitely to give Canadian equine industry members the opportunity to continue sharing their feed- back and aspirations for the program. We are committed to


developing a program that meets the needs of the di- verse Canadian equine in- dustry, and improves health, welfare, and substantiality. As a part of this commit- ment we will be working to engage with as many groups as possible through the de- velopment, implementation and continued evolution of the program to ensure that the deliverables continue to meet the needs of the indus- try.


We feel it is important


to share the feedback re- ceived so far for the follow- ing reasons: • To assure members of the community that their feed- back has been heard and considered, and outline the resulting changes/additions to the scope of the program. • To share feedback with the larger audience. • To address or provide clar- ity to questions, concerns, and misconceptions.


Response Rate & Analyt- ics While the response rate was


low (12 responses total), the feedback received was con- structive and supportive. The respondents included owners, provincial veteri- nary organizations, provin- cial equine organizations, national breed registries, and Canadian equine breed- ers.


In terms of our com-


munication efforts, here is an overview of analytics from a variety of communi- cation outlets:


An overview of the


proposed program was also given on the National Equine Disease and Welfare Surveillance Call on Oct. 4, 2019. The recording for the


Neither location will


be mandatory. It will be the choice of the owner or the affiliated breed registry to decide. EC will continue to work with researchers on microchipping applications, locations, and process im- provements. Will microchips need to be implanted by a vet, or will


call can be found here.


Feedback: Key Themes To date some of the


key themes from the consul- tations and submitted feed- back fall under


underway. An following themes:


Microchipping There has been a vari-


ety of feedback in regards to the microchipping (or phys- ical identifier) portion of the proposed program. The feedback ranged from mi- crochip location preferences and requirements to prefer- ences for a specific manu- facturer. Please see the follow-


ing points of clarification to address common concerns regarding microchips:


If my horse is already mi- crochipped will they need to be microchipped again with the Canadian-specific 124 microchip?


Horses that were mi-


crochipped previous to the launch of the program will be considered in the grand- father period and will not need to have another mi- crochip implanted - so long as the current microchip can be located and is RFID compatible and ISO compli- ant. However, owners of previously microchipped horses can still add the Canadian-specific


mi- crochip if they choose.


Would the microchip re- place historical, breed- specific


identifiers, such as brand- ing and tattoos?


No, the microchip


would be an additional means of identification, un- less otherwise described by your applicable breed regis- tration.


Will the mandated loca- tion of the microchip be ei- ther the upper lip or nuchal location?


physical


If my breed registry is af- filiated with EC, will there be added paperwork, cost, or an additional registra- tion for me as breeder?


EC intends to use an


appropriate technology in- frastructure to support dual registration so that no addi- tional administration will be required.


Will an EC Sport Licence be required to participate in the program?


No. It is intended that


the program would be au- tonomous and available to all breeders, owners and horses in Canada.


Feedback Snapshot by Sector


the


owners be able to do it on their own?


Microchip implanta-


tion will depend on the vet- erinary law in your province/region,


and


whether microchip implan- tation is considered a veteri- nary practice in your jurisdiction. If microchip implantation is deemed a veterinary practice in your area, it should be discussed within your individual vet- erinary client-patient rela- tionship.


Affiliate Breed Registries Many of the National


Equine Breed Registries have expressed interest in a National Identification Pro- gram, and in some cases have been asking EC to de- velop a central equine iden- tification system. The proposed option for affiliate breed organizations would ensure the administrative process for breeders, organ- izations and owners is sim- ple and effective.


How will breed registries become affiliated with the program? Will


it be


mandatory for all reg- istries?


It is up to national and


provincial breed groups to choose if they would like to be affiliated with EC and the CEIP. If your breed organi- zation is not affiliated with EC, owners and breeders will still have the option to participate as individuals.


Here is a snapshot of


the feedback received from various sectors of the equine community:


Veterinary Community • It would be useful to in- clude the date of birth in the publicly available informa- tion, in addition to the mi- crochip


number, the


alive/deceased status, and the ban from slaughter for human consumption status. This important information is often lost during transac- tions when there is nothing to certify the actual age. • This program is excellent but poses challenges in its implementation. • We believe that it will be very difficult to achieve traceability for diseases or epidemics. It would be nec- essary to implement a mandatory updating process since this is not the current practice. Some horses change owners and facilities very frequently, so without such a requirement, the pro- gram will have difficulty achieving its health goals. • For veterinarians, medical confidentiality is fundamen- tal. It is therefore necessary to define the disclosure re- quirements and the potential consequences for the horse owner. Owners must be rea- sonably informed of the scope of their consent. • As in the European Union system, it would be neces- sary, in the context of food safety, for the health data to include a “prohibition of slaughter for human con- sumption” clause from the moment the horse has re- ceived a drug that is banned from animals for consump- tion in Canada. This infor- mation should be readily available in the basic data. - The Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec.


Provincial Equine Organ- izations • We notice, having read the document, that the project will be mainly carried out on a voluntary basis, which, in our opinion, jeopardizes its value. For our part, ef- forts should be made to en- courage governments to introduce legislation on the mandatory identification of horses in Canada and on the implementation of a trace- ability program.


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