Skip to comments.England to mandate dog microchips by 2016
Posted on 02/07/2013 4:13:27 AM PST by glorgau
Thinking about injecting an identification chip in your pooch? If you live in the southern part of the UK, you won't have a choice. Come 2016, English authorities will require all of the country's pups to have embedded microchips, so they can be returned to their owners if ever they run astray. The United Kingdom's Environment Department says some 60 percent of the country's 8 million dogs already have the tags, but beginning in three years, owners who don't spring for the device could be forced to pay fines of up to £500 (about $780). Cat microchipping will remain optional, since felines are less likely to wander outdoors. And "World's Cutest Dog" fans need not worry about their precious Boo getting the forced implant -- the famed Pomeranian (pictured above) is based in San Francisco, some 5,000 miles from the Queen's needle.
... or the electronic marking of the beast . . .
That Kafka-esque country is totally out of control.
(Or totally *under* control. Your perspective depends on whether you are inside the government or outside of it.)
They keep pulling stuff that the Soviet Union would have chuckled at.
Watch out! I heard that Obama also likes dogs with chips!
was the mark of the beast
England is a country that certainly loves its domesticated creatures. And their pets.
First the dogs, then...
As the owner of a puppy, I am considering a microchip. We already have a wireless GPS tracker.
My dog is prone to taking off to play and I have 80 acres bordered by 2 roads. We also have coyotes who already track him when we are on walks and we have wolves and bears. So my reasons for the GPS system are to limit our searches to probable locations in the event he runs off, which has already happened a couple of times when he has bitten thru his leash and gone into *play* mode and will not come near us until he is tired and hungry. My husband spent an hour in the wrong place looking for him while I discovered him tailing me in another area while I looked for him. Enough of that!
Now, if he gets loose and is found by someone, he is so friendly, they will just want to keep him. I need an identifier that can’t be removed. So, I am ok w/chipping dogs. I love mine and while he is a dog person, he is not a human person. There is a distinction.
I am all for ‘chipping dogs’ too. I think it’s a great thing. I approve.
I am against mandating it.
I am for man’s best friend; I am against mandates’ best friends.
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