RFID is saving horses lives
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Radio frequency identification microchip (RFID) is a technology allowing a sterile microchip to be planed under the skin, allowing any animal (or human) to be quickly identified by a reading device. RFID technology is becoming commonplace, and many large corporations are starting to use RFID to monitor and track their product inventory:
RFID technology has saved the lives of hundreds of stolen horses and slaughterhouses are required by-law to see if a horse has an RFID chip implanted under its skin.
The RFID process is quick and painless and Cuddles, (the world’s first Guide Horse) has had an RFID chip with no side-effects.
The chipping of pets and other animals, as the practice is called, is gaining speed as a trend internationally. It is most popular in Europe, where upwards of 25 percent of pet owners in some countries are said to have had veterinarians outfit their beloved beasts with the electronic tracking device.
"This has been adopted overseas -- there are so many players in the marketplace," said Jeannine Taaffe, vice president of marketing for Banfield, a pet health care provider in Portland, Ore., with 400 hospitals and 1,000 veterinarians in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico.
Some state animal shelters are also requiring RFID readers:
Veterinarians like the idea of outfitting pets with the RFID devices, and state law in California requires animal shelters to scan all pets for the chips.
Insertion of RFID microchips are required if you travel overseas with a Guide animal, including European Union countries (England, Austria) as well as New Zealand and the state of Hawaii. Many guide animals are also marked with tattoo’s, usually inside the ears, to identify their rightful owner.
To-date, no Guide Horses have traveled overseas by air carrier, but the
major airlines have no objection with overseas Guide Horse travel, so
long as the horse meets all health and safety documentation
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