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Animals: Microchipping

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hoyle Lord Hoyle Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered introducing compulsory microchipping of dogs.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government support voluntary identification of pets-by microchipping, permanent identification and the registering of pets on nationwide databases. Defra Ministers and officials are currently engaged with key stakeholders from wider government, the police and animal welfare organisations concerning the content of possible legislation, including the microchipping of dogs.

We intend to make an announcement on tackling irresponsible dog ownership early in the New Year.

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