Compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Wales – Government consultation launched….. again!
The Welsh Government has launched a public consultation today on plans to introduce compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Wales.
It is the second time a consultation on microchipping has been launched in Wales, in 2012 the Government consulted on microchipping of all dogs in Wales.
At the time specific technical details including who is able to chip dogs, what information should be recorded and how, have needed further consideration before legislation could progress.
Announcing the launch of the further consultation today, Rebecca Evans said:
“When we originally consulted on introducing compulsory microchipping, 84% of respondents supported the idea. We are now asking for views on some of the more technical aspects of how this would work in practice with a view to bringing in compulsory microchipping in spring 2016. This is in line with the date for both England and Scotland.“Until then, I encourage all dog owners in Wales to microchip their animals. Dogs that are chipped are far more likely to be returned to their owners if they are lost or injured. Dog owners wanting advice on the benefits of microchipping should contact their local veterinary surgeon or qualified implanter.”
The decision to introduce compulsory microchipping is just one aspect of the Welsh Government’s work to improve dog welfare. In 2010, we legislated to ban electronic shock collars and from 30 April 2015, new standards will be introduced for licensed dog breeders.
The consultation opens today (16 March) and closes on 10 May.