Microchips are a small implant, about the size of a grain of rice, that contain a unique serial code. They are implanted into the ligament on the left side of the horses neck , via an injection by a veterinary surgeon.
The microchips unique serial code can be read using an electronic microchip reader. The code along with the owner's details are stored on a computerised data base.Since the 2005 introduction of compulsory passports for horses another European Union regulation came into effect on 1st July 2009 which states that all foals must be microchipped before an owner can apply for an equine passport. Any foal born after 1st July 2009 must be microchipped within 6 months of birth or before 31st December of the year of birth or the owner will face a possible fine.
This means that Eggsy will have to be microchipped by the end of the year, not a problem now due to the generous donations via Eggsy's GoFundMe but not all abandoned equines are so lucky.
Under Section 7B and 7C of the Animals Act 1971, as introduced by the Control of Horses Act 2015 if an abandoned horse is not claimed ownership passes to the person detaining the equine, who may then retain ownership, or see that they are re-homed, sold or humanely destroyed. Which means that whoever has had the equine dumped on them then becomes legally responsible for microchipping & passporting before said equine can be sold or risk a fine of up to £5,000. At a cost of around £100 it becomes economically unviable, leading to the majority of abandoned equines being destroyed.
Eggsy's microchipping and passporting fees are covered now but he still has lots of other expenses, would you like to help support Eggsy?
Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.
Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe
Thank you, Eggsy and I greatly appreciate it x