Dog Wardens Ask Who Will Enforce Mandatory MicrochippingWed, 06 Feb 2013
The National Dog Warden Association has campaigned as part of the Microchipping Alliance to make permanent identification compulsory for all dogs since 2009. The Microchipping Alliance comprises a number of animal welfare charities, assistance dog charities, veterinary organisations, dog membership organisations, and other organisations affected by dog issues, and today welcomed the Government's long-awaited announcement but with a number of concerns.
Whilst welcoming mandatory microchipping as a method of contributing to reducing the num ber of stray dogs in England, the National Dog Warden Association would like to ask the Coalition Government two questions:
Without a joined up approach to mandatory microchipping from whoever will be responsible for enforcement, yet another well meaning initiative that is intended to help dogs and promote animal welfare will become literally yet another post code lottery.
Examples being the Animal Welfare Act 2006, an excellent piece of legislation but ignored by the majority of Local Authorities because there was no funding or requirement to adopt the act. A small number of Local Authorities actively enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2006 but the majority do nothing.
Sue Bell and Neil Burton
On behalf of the NDWA
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