TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that requires auctions to properly identify horses that are to be sold.
The Senate of the version passed that body by a vote of 33-0 in July, 2018. The Assembly passed the bill on Feb. 25. Governor Murphy signed it on May 10.
According to the bill statement:
If the horse has an implanted microchip, tattoo, or brand, the auction organizer will be required to post, on its website, all identifying information including any identification number contained in the microchip and a detailed description or picture of any tattoo or brand found on the horse. This information will be required to be posted no later than 72 hours before the horse is sold at an auction.
To document compliance with the provisions of this bill, auction organizers will be required to maintain records for each horse sold at auction, including: the presence or absence of a microchip, tattoo, or brand; the date and time of the posting of the information required by the bill; and the date and time each horse was sold at auction. An auction organizer will be required to maintain these records for a minimum of one year following the date of sale.
Any person found to be in violation will be subject to a civil penalty up to $200 for a first offense and up to $500 for a second and each subsequent offense.
The use of microchips has become more common in recent years. The United States Equestrian Federtion requires horses used in competition be microchipped. The Jockey Club, which has long used lip tattoos, started requiring microchips starting in 2017 and the United States Trotting Association is starting with foals of 2019.
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