“It is planned that the new legislation will come into force on September 1, 2022. However, it will be possible to talk about the final dates only after the document passes its third reading in the State Duma,” said the Deputy Minister.
The Russian government presented the draft bill on animal identification and registrationto the State Duma for consideration in November 2021. The document was developed by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. Under the current edition, it was proposed to roll out mandatory identification and registration of farm animals.
Although, the day before, the Ministry of Agriculture planned to amend the bill in order to make pet identification mandatory.
“After the bill passes into law, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture will approve the veterinary rules for animal identification and registration, which aim to establish the identification procedure, as well as animal identification types and tools. The veterinary rules will set out the procedure for generating and assigning electronic identifiers, list of information required for animal registration and the deadlines for providing such information,” Maksim Uvaidov told the Veterinary Medicine and Life.
In addition, the Government of the Russian Federation will adopt regulations setting out animal registration procedure, list of animal species subject to individual or group identification and registration. “The regulations will also set out rules for individual and group registration of animals including the registration deadlines,” explained the Deputy Minister.
According to the new legislation, animals will be registered free of charge. The owners will be able to choose the type of animal identification. They can select between a plastic ear tag that costs about 20 rubles, and a microchip implant at an average cost of about 150 rubles.
The data on all animals that have been identified will be recorded in the national electronic veterinary information system VetIS of Rosselkhoznadzor. Rosselkhoznadzor developed a national electronic system Horriot in order to implement the animal registration in Russia. Horriot has been commercially launched from October 18, 2021.