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BHA Adopt Australian Reforms

Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will follow Australia's lead by introducing thoroughbred welfare measures next year, reports racing.com. From 1st January, 2018, the BHA will adopt the foal ownership and traceability reforms that were first introduced by Australia's governing body Racing Australia in August 2016. The new rules require Foal Ownership Declarations to be lodged within 30 days of foaling and owners must advise the Australian Stud Book of any subsequent change in the location of the foal and ownership interest. At the time, Racing Australia said it was necessary for integrity and animal welfare purposes that unnamed horses and their owners be identified and subject to the Australian Rules of Racing. Racing Australia Chair, Frances Nelson QC, welcomed the BHAs decision. "The British Horseracing Authority's decision to adopt our foal ownership and traceability reforms are further recognition of the international standing held by the Australian Thoroughbred racing industry," Ms Nelson said.

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