Severe penalties for illegal horse movements
People who move horses without permission during the current suspected equine influenza outbreak have been warned they will suffer harsh penalties for breaching movement restrictions.
NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Bruce Christie said moving any horses within a restricted area without first obtaining a permit could lead to a fine of up to $44,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment.
'Moving any equine animal into, out of, or within the 10 kilometre restricted areas around Centennial Park and the Eastern Creek quarantine facility is prohibited unless a permit is obtained prior to movement,' Dr Christie said.
'The remainder of New South Wales is now a declared control area, which means movement restrictions apply throughout the state and there are severe penalties for any breaches of movement restrictions without a permit in the control area.
'Movement restrictions also apply to the movement of any equine products within the state.'
Suspected signs of equine influenza should be reported to the NSW Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.
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