MPs, Ministers and Animal Welfare Charities joined forces at a
House of Commons debate yesterday (Thursday June 6th), hosted by
the Kennel Club to discuss the implications of compulsory
The debate held during National Microchipping Month, provided an
invaluable opportunity for Defra to hear opinions, concerns and
ideas from a range of stakeholders. Questions posed and opinions
expressed at yesterday's debate will ultimately assist in the
successfully implementation of compulsory microchipping
regulations. Those involved in microchipping and dog welfare were
interested in how the law could be implemented and enforced as well
as what effect this would have on dogs and owners, those who offer
microchipping, the police and animal welfare charities.
It was agreed that the primary principle of microchipping should
be reunification of lost dogs with their owners and Animal Welfare
Minister, Lord de Mauley highlighted how the legislation will help
to speed up reunification and reduce the stress on our overburdened
welfare organisations and local authorities.
Concerns rested on the worryingly low numbers of pet owners who
keep their contact details updated.In a survey conducted by Petlog,
40% of dog owners did not know if their microchip database had up
to date contact information.
Celia Walsom, Petlog Executive has long been concerned with out
of date information and stressed that those who implant microchips
had a responsibility to ensure dog owners are aware of how a
microchip works and the importance of keeping contact details up to
date. Celia said: "Implanters need to make sure that the owner is
fully aware of what a microchip does, how it works and that they
should remember to update their contact details whenever they
change. Too many owners think they have done all they need to do by
getting their pet microchipped and are unaware of the follow-up
For ten years the Kennel Club and Petlog have been running
National Microchipping Month to highlight the benefits of
microchipping and to inform pet owners about the need to keep
contact details up to date. This year, with the regulation change
imminent in April 2016, National Microchipping Month is also
raising awareness of what is happening in regards to legislation.
Throughout National Microchipping Month this July, Petlog Premium
is being offered for just £7.50 (normally £10); by upgrading
customers are able to update contact details as as often as
necessary at no additional cost.
Professor Steve Dean, Chairman of the Kennel Club was positive
about the potential outcome of today's meeting, he said: "We are
grateful to all MPs and Ministers for attending the debate, hosted
by Neil Parish MP. It was an undeniably progressive meeting, with
all parties agreeing on the importance of the upcoming legislation.
A number of people made interesting and constructive comments about
the implementation and the positive results we expect to see as a
result of compulsory microchipping."
National Microchipping month is sponsored by Petlog, which is
owned and managed by the Kennel Club. To find out more about
National Microchipping Month and events that are taking place in
your area, visit www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk.