PETER GIBSON, CEO of Racing South Africa, shares Mike de Kock’s concern over the existing export protocols for thoroughbreds and wrote an e-mail to mikedekockracing.com yesterday.
Peter Gibson, Racing South Africa.
“Under prevailing export conditions due to the outbreak of AHS in South Africa’s AHS Controlled Area in February (the South African Veterinary Services reported the last confirmed case on 3 May and declared the outbreak over on 23 June or 40 days after the last case), Igugu (and others) would be required to spend 156 days en route to Dubai, including quarantine periods in Johannesburg, Mauritius, Europe and Dubai itself.”
“South Africa has officially applied to the UAE (and other trading partners) for a limited number of shipments from Cape Town’s AHS Free Zone during the vector-safe time of the year (winter months). The conditions of the application are based on the 2010 OIE AHS Code which provides for exporting from an infected country or zone. This would reduce the quarantine period to 60 days and allow horses destined for the 2012 Dubai International Racing Carnival to remain in training throughout. ”
Mike said at the weekend: “We are a racing nation waiting to explode, but we’re being held back and our trading partners should hang their heads in shame. It’s a disgrace what they are doing to us.”