The basic objectives for Community rules on the identification of animals are the localisation and tracing of animals for veterinary purposes, which is of crucial importance for the control of infectious diseases.
There are a number of additional benefits to animal identification and traceability and some of these are shown on the following videos.
Detailed provisions are in place defining different systems of identification and registration. Depending on the individual needs of the different species, those systems include several elements like identifiers, registers or passports.
- Bovine animals (cattle, buffaloes, bison).
- Equine animals or "equidae" (horses, donkeys, zebras and their crossings).
- Porcine animals (pigs).
- Ovine and caprine animals (sheep and goats).