All dogs to be micro-chipped by 2016
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced a package of measures to answer issues about the welfare of dogs and irresponsible ownership. Included in this are plans to introduce compulsory micro-chipping for all dogs as a secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
They believe that this will help in the effort against stray and abandoned dogs and help save people’s tax money.
It is estimated that 100,000 dogs across the country are lost or abandoned every year and the cost of caring for them such as kennelling and rehoming sets the taxpayer back £57 million. Another nasty side effect is that over 6,000 dogs are also destroyed as new owners and homes are not found for them.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson now wants to stop of problem of stray dogs and ease pressures on local charities and councils who deal daily with the unwanted dogs.
New measures will also look at prosecuting owners if they dog acts violently on private property. This move is full of controversy and could prove very problematic. On the one hand postal workers have to deliver post and should be protected from dog attacks yet criminals who intrude on a home may not get in trouble. We covered the troubles of this new legislation with an article about it here.
Do you believe that microchipping will help solve this problem?
Source: Pet Product Marketing