BHA Rule change - Signing horss out of the human food chain

08 October 2021


All horses entered to run in a race must be signed out of the human food chain in Section IX of its passport by 1 January 2022.

From this date, any Entry for a Race, or Confirmation of Entry in respect of Early Closers, will not be accepted for any horse unless it has been declared as not intended for human consumption via the Weatherbys App and horse’s passport.

This process can be completed immediately for both the App and paper passport.  

The decision to permanently exclude horses entered to run from the human food chain was agreed unanimously by the BHA Veterinary Committee at its meeting on 28 January 2021, further to wider industry consultation and approval by the Rules Committee and BHA Board.

The rule applies to all horses which are trained in Great Britain. The BHA is also liaising with international jurisdictions and examining EU legislation regarding the practical implementation of this Rule to include all international runners.

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