The most current information relating to the movement of farm animals is available from DEFRA's website. Their website will provide information on all aspects of animal health and welfare, in particular to the changes to the rules for livestock movements.
The Pet Travel Scheme
The DEFRA web site provides information on how to take/bring your pet into Great Britain under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). It also provides information on rabies prevention in the UK including quarantine, and the controls which would be employed in the event of a rabies outbreak.
A new addition to the DEFRA web site is "Horse Issues" this gives details on the requirement for horses, ponies, and donkeys to have passports. The site provides a list of the organisations which are issuing passports.
Movement of farm animals
There are a number of rules, which apply when farm animals are moved from one place to another, for example, from farm to farm, from farm to market or from farm to slaughter.
The rules were introduced following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in this country. The purpose of the new rules is to prevent outbreaks of disease and to reduce the impact of any animal disease when it occurs.
The Local Authority is responsible for ensuring that the current rules, which relate to animal movements, are complied with. The Local Authority will take appropriate action against anyone who has breached these rules.
If you require further information on:
the movement of farm animals;
copies of specific movement documents, for example, AML1 or AML2 forms;