In the last few days I’ve been asking people in all sorts of areas of the animal industry; ‘What are your views on microchipping and the legislation that’s going to be proposed?’
I must say, the responses were astonishing. It’s certainly a subject that a lot of people had strong opinions on. As you can see from the title, I’ve had so many responses that I had to do it in two parts. Here I go through that list;
Peter Egan – Actor (Ever Decreasing Circles, A Perfect Spy, Oscar Wilde, Downton Abbey) UK Ambassador for Animals Asia @PeterEgan6 – London
“My thoughts on compulsory microchipping are that all dogs should be microchipped but that will not solve the problem as we have with too many dogs and not enough homes. There have to be stricter controls on careless and irresponsible breeding. Puppy farms should all be closed down.
It’s a huge problem and needs a unified government and local council approach.
Graham Inman – British Independent Film Producer, ex Volunteer and Fosterer of Labrador & Retriever Rescue South East – Hampshire – @GrahamInman
“Compulsory microchipping under the current circumstances has, in my opinion, very limited value, though if your dog goes missing there is a much better chance it will be recovered which I agree with and applaud.
The down side, as I understand it, is that this legislation has been put in place with little or no thought as to how it will be enforced or, probably more importantly, why it was made law in the first place.
Jason Atherton Bvms CERT CHP MRCVS – Westway Vetinary Group
“We have 21 surgeries under the banner of Westway veterinary group (includes Westway,Value, Easy, Phoenix vets). We have a busy Emergency center on the 426 West road Newcastle upon Tyne which due to changes in dog wardens hours take strays in all over North East. Obviously we check every Stray or abandoned dog for microchips. This is particularly rewarding when pets are reunited with there owners, but frustrating if details not up to date or not chipped at all. I have thought that a chip that flags up lost or stolen pets would be great idea and along came halo scanners.
A pet is not a designer handbag that can be thrown out once it becomes warn or the owner tires of it, a pet is a commitment for life and therefore should be a considered decision.
Linking in with this I think compulsory microchipping I believe is so important, I believe the straying dog and the abandonment of pets is at all time high people starting from breeder and following the ownership path people should be responsible from birth to the end of the pets life. Charities are struggling again with all the strays, puppies and kittens are once again being bred for cigarette or booze money. A pet is not a designer handbag that can be thrown out once it becomes warn or the owner tires of it, a pet is a commitment for life and therefore should be a considered decision. The cost of microchipping is minimal but if backed up responsible dog ownership, regular scanning and further legislation could help make waves into some of the thousands of poor dogs in cat and dog shelters and rescues throughout the UK.
In fact I would go the whole hog and have V5 type system where paper work follows the dog. The puppies should not be homed until at least 8 weeks of age and micro-chipped. Yes a added cost, but worth it if as a nation we are going to be responsible for our pets and strays. I have emailed my local MP Guy Opperman about this issue and business rates and had a positive response about both acknowledged by two letters. My one reservation with this as passport system clearly has not worked for horses”
“I think micro-chipping has to be compulsory but more information has to be made available. Pups should be done by 8 weeks and should have the relevant documents to prove this without loopholes for the bad breeders to exploit. At the vet I notice dogs in with microchips that have the wrong details, it’s down to us to get the message out that you have to keep your details up to date.” – Rachael, Nottingham @lolafruitkiss
“Our pup – from a KC-registered breeder – came to us fully vaccinated and microchipped. That should be the norm, and I think it’s what every responsible breeder and owner would want for their dogs. Irresponsible pet owners, puppy farmers and those in the travelling community are unlikely to comply, despite charities offering free microchipping. How will the law be enforced in these cases?” – Bev, Cambridgeshire
The new legislation for compulsory microchipping could be a brilliant way to promote responsible dog ownership if managed properly. At the moment it is compulsory for dogs to wear an ID tag on their collars but we still see dogs without them. If this is not policed what chance is there for the chip to be? The microchip is not proof of ownership so if a dog is out of control the ‘registered owner’ can say sorry I did own that dog but sold it at the pub and don’t know the name of the purchaser.
All my dogs since 1992 have been microchipped but unless they get lost and someone scans them the chip is useless. In this day and age when dogs are often stolen a thief could say that the owner sold it to them but they (the thieves) didn’t change the details on the chip. We need the legislators to look into all of the above and ensure that they are covered before this becomes law. The DDA failed and if this matter isn’t looked into soon so will this legislation.
Sharon, Great Dane Owner, Fundraiser for charities and rescues such as Pup Aid & the AHT, London
Twitter Responses… via @MarkRWalden
all for it! Every dog we’ve had has been chipped. It’s peace of mind and part of being a responsible owner.
My dog is microchipped & I think it’s good idea. Gives me peace of mind in case I lose him. Less lost dogs if compulsory.
I think it’s another knee jerk reaction. It won’t work, who will police this? It’s not tackling the problem that’s evident
all animals, big/small should be Chipped by law and all owners made accountable for their welfare! No more strays or cruelty.
Agree with compulsory dog microchipping in 2016 but then again, it’s common sense to get your dog or pet micro-chipped. #Dog
I think it should be compulsory to insure too. But how’s it going to be checked???
at least if its compulsory its another thing to charge irresponsible owners with, proof of ownership etc.