Sunday, August 4th, 2013 - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Rudd Government has approved a more simplified process for transporting horses to and from Australia, which will be in place for the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joel Fitzgibbon, has welcomed the review of the horse import conditions by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, which determined that simplifying the quarantine process can support the safe import of horses.

“The science shows that the risks posed to the Australian environment and animals can be managed with the new consistent process,” Minister Fitzgibbon said.

“Up until now it was a bit of a lottery the period of time horses spent in quarantine. After a thorough scientific review it’s been determined that horses need only stay in quarantine in Australia for two weeks.

“The new two-week rule will allow trainers and owners to transport fit, healthy and disease free horses with certainty.

“The consistent quarantine period of two weeks now gives horse owners the capacity to compete in both the Melbourne Cup and Europe’s most prestigious race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

“The new rules will also make it easier for Australian owned and trained horses to enter in the big racing events on the world stage.

“The horse industry and government have worked closely together on this. Streamlining the process shows we are listening and supporting the industry.

“Of course it’s not just thoroughbred racing that will benefit, it’s the whole equine industry from harness and trotter to breeders and equestrian competitors,” said Mr Fitzgibbon.

The change relating to the period of quarantine will come into effect in time for the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, while other changes will be progressively introduced as soon as possible.
For more information on the new horse importation biosecurity policy visit  www.daff.gov.au/ba/reviews/final-animal/review_of_horse_ira

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