Montana to Better Enforce Equine Passport Requirements

The Montana Department of Livestock said April 9 that it will be more stringently enforcing requirements for six-month equine travel passports. Those rules (ARM 32.3.216) include:

  • Six-month passports cannot be used for sale of horses, breeding, or stays of longer than 90 days.
  • Lifetime brand inspections are required for six-month passports.
  • A preliminary itinerary must be submitted to the state veterinarian’s office prior to traveling.
  • A post-season travel itinerary must be submitted within 10 days of the passport’s expiration to be eligible for a passport in 2014.

State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski, DVM, said the decision to enforce the rules was made after states that participate in the six-month passport program determined there was inadequate compliance with itinerary requirements.

“In short, we had horses moving around with no record of where they were going or where they had been,” Zaluski said. “Their travel and exposure history is essential in the case of a disease outbreak or other animal health emergency.”

The recent cases of equine herpesvirus-1 in Montana and larger outbreaks such as those experienced in Utah, Florida, and other states highlight the need for pertinent travel documentation, he added.

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