Spanish Ministry of Agriculture Ratifies ANCCE as Sole Entity to Handle PRE Stud Book

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 18:33
P.R.E. Breeding News

The Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marinie Resources has ratified that ANCCE is the only association recognized to handle the Stud Book of Purebred Spanish Horses (P.R.E.) and that the registrations taking place in a number of countries in the world by "PRE Mundial" have no official recognition by Spain

, the country that handles the breed's book of origin, according to European Union Legislation, nor are these registrations valid in any way with regards to the native breed "Pura Raza Espanola".

The General Office for Agricultural and Breeding Resources replied to qa query presented by ANCCE at the begining of February, following the publication of information related with the so-called "PRE Mundial", which , in the opinion of ANCCE could cause a great deal of confusion among breeders, in addition to possible damage.

The response by the Ministry - reminding that the Ministry had already issued an identical reply in 2009 - left no doubt that ANCCE has been recognized exclusively to handle the LG PRE Stud Book and stated that confusion could arise from the activities of the Foundation in the USA, which issues registrations for the so-called "PRE Mundial" . "Within Europe " states MARM, "each member state recognizes the organizations authorized to issue official equine identification documents within its boundaries and in the case of Spain, the Foundation has not been recognized either in this regard or to officially handle the breed". The Minsitry continues by saying "it can only issue passports for horses born in the EU, if it (The Foundation) is recognized by the member state in question. As this is not the case, the Foundation must not issue passports for eaquines bor in Spain or in Europe".

In its response, the Ministry details very intersting aspects of this matter to underline that the breed "PRE Mundial" is not recognized by Spain's Official Catalog of Breeds". It continues to explain that the current legislation with regard to the assignment of Breeder codes and highlights that there can only be one official equine identification documents.

In response to another question posed by ANCCE, about the use that the Foundation in the USA makes of the term, Pura Raza Espagnola (PRE), in the (so-called) passports it is issuing , the Ministry is clear: "The indication and fraudulent use of the name "Pura Raza Espanola" on this passport and on its reverse side,  without any official recognition enters into contradiction with the official legislation and therefore could lead to error and confusion on behalf  of Breeders , with regards to whether these horses really are this breed and are correctly identified. Breeders must clearly understand the matter". The Minsitry concludes by indicating the possibility of taking legal actions to request changes in the appearance or information provided or indicating that the sais document is not an official identification document.

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