Do you think that all dogs should be microchipped?

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The new law comes into force tomorrow, 6th April 2016, for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped.

Dog owners who have failed to microchip and register their canine companions will soon face fines of up to £500. But it is thought that thousands of dog owners have still to comply with the new rule.

Owners of dogs that have not been microchipped can be served with a notice requiring them to have the dog chipped within 21 days or face a fine.

Behind the legislation is a plan to create a central database listing every dog in the UK that will allow dog wardens to identify strays and help tackle the black market trade in animals.

Owners are responsible for having their dog chipped and keeping their registration details up to date.

Any vet can fit a microchip and they normally charge around £20 to £30.

What are your views?  Is your dog microchipped yet?  Do you think it should be compulsory, or do you think there should be freedom of choice? Will you be visiting your vet soon to get your dog chipped?

Do you think that all dogs should be microchipped?

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celtwitch
7th Jul 2016
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McCains do Microchips, I used to buy them for my daughter, I'm not sure that dogs would like them though?
iestynlad
13th May 2016
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I further think that all dogs should be on a lead in a public place owing to the possibility of one dog attacking another even if the owner of that dog is not at fault. I speak from recent experience. Why do some people allow their dog to harass others. If a small child went up to another strange child and tried to take it's sweets we'd be annoyed so why allow your dog to come and sniff mine, run around it barking or sniff its b..m. What reaction do you expect from my dog?
I have just invested in a tabard "Give my dog space" wonder if it will sink in?
celtwitch
7th Jul 2016
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What you have described is typical dog behaviour, it's what they do when they meet other dogs.
KeithE3
28th Apr 2016
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So should cats too
celtwitch
7th Jul 2016
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iestynlad
14th May 2016
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Yes helps locate the owner if they are lost or found
injured
Marley444
27th Apr 2016
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Yes ... especially in the current times with dog napping going on!
duckkers
13th Apr 2016
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I have a wonderful dog, a rescue, as have almost all my dogs been.
You see rescue dogs very often come from being abandoned/unwanted/bored with and none of that includes badly treated.
I believe that chipping might aide a sense of responsibility by people who want to have dogs, children especially whose parents give in to their pleas, it makes the dog easier to be reunited with its owner, and the owner take responsibility for their wandering dog - but there is also the down side that some experience that a mauled and mutilated dog, from dog baiting/fighting has been found and the chip leads to the owner from whom the dog is stolen, at least the owner can know what happened to the dog that disappeared.
Yes to chipping.
But what about doggie bags and clearing up -
I met a young girl and her mum and cute puppy the other day, puppy is bred so they "know what they're getting", puppy chipped. "And you carry bags and pick up after your dog will you?" I asked the child, she screwed her nose up and said "Maybe" - mum looked uncomfortable - great! more dog poo left by antisocial dog owner.......now there's another conversation.
Galviniser
12th Apr 2016
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If it helps reduce dog thefts and/ or increases chances of catching dog thieves, then I am all for it
celtwitch
5th Apr 2016
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I think that OAP's should also be microchipped, then, when they wander off from care homes, or just get lost when out shopping, they can be safely returned to their nearest and (not always) dearest.
But, let's not stop there, why not insist that all sceptred isle submit to being chipped?
iestynlad
14th May 2016
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Think back to the Third Reich! not dissimilar "branding" of people. Just unacceptable and wonder what Human Right this idea contravenes. Generally if something like this happens the Police can locate where the old person lives or is staying.
Trampas1955
17th Apr 2016
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They should have dogtags like the army do.
KimFh
14th Apr 2016
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It will happen in the future everyone will be barcoded or microchiped
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
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I think you are right. Its not a bad thing if it helps keep crime down!
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
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Should that be 'septic isle?'
jeanmark
6th Apr 2016
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I'm surprised you didn't include children in your comment...........
celtwitch
7th Jul 2016
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That's a good idea, you should contact Number 10, I can see a bright future in politics for you!
ciedel
6th Apr 2016
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I'm an OAP and wouldn't mind being chipped!. I'm an expat living in Germany with my dog. Here a dog has to be chipped, registered at the local townhall and wear a registration tag on their collar. This all comes at a cost of approximately £20 p.a. But, the dog is lost and found very quickly.
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
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I agree I wouldn't mind being chipped and everyone could be if it kept crime down and helped the community!
Alicia
6th Apr 2016
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What a meaningless and silly reply 🙂
celtwitch
7th Jul 2016
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You don't do irony, do you?
celtwitch
14th Apr 2016
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My comment was meant to be humorous
Trampas1955
17th Apr 2016
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Before my mum passed away she was in the early stages of dementia and it was a nightmare. Even though she had carers looking after her, she would slip out and go to the local park and sit on a bench usually in her dressing gown at all times of the day and night. She was very well known to police. Another feature was that she would wander round local shops for hours with the staff not knowing who she was. All we got from the local social work team was people's rights. But what about the rest of the families rights. They were next to useless. Tagging or ID or some form, would have been very useful.
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
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Don't think its a silly remark at all as most countries have identity cards...whats the difference between that and a chip which has your medical records etc etc. Very progressive I would say and it will happen one day..pretty soon I think
Kes
5th Apr 2016
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Yes. It's a no brainier, as they say. I don't own a dog, but the reasons for chipping are obvious and make perfect sense. Can't imagine why anyone would be against it.
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
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The reasons imbibed make sense, yes. But is this just a precursor to humans being chipped?

What are the implications of such central control of all our lives in every aspect?
iestynlad
14th May 2016
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An extremely good point. 1984! We already have cctv, we'd have NO privacy and could fall into the wrong hands. Anyone can lay their hands on a microchip scan.
Wilf
14th Apr 2016
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It makes sense. Just like having an identity card
Lorraine
5th Apr 2016
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I'm glad this is to become law as it will help identify strays. It will also be of benefit owners for the same reason and might save a lot of heartache.
Baxi
5th Apr 2016
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Whilst I agree that it feels like an imposition John I do agree with the general rule. There are so many unscrupulous people out there. I walk my dog on Brighton seafront and there are people who steal dogs from right under their owners noses. If your dog is not chipped and you try to reclaim it it's your word against theirs, whereas a chip is total proof of ownership.

Proof of ownership is only one of the beneficial aspects of chipping. Chipped dogs can travel, if they get lost they can be reunited with their owners much more easily and if a dog is mistreated and the owner is at fault, the appropriate action can be taken to ensure that this never happens again.
JohnHerb
5th Apr 2016
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No a total waste of money and why should the government bully us into yet another imposition on our freedom to choose! You should look after your dog and not loose it-full stop!
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
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The perfect response.
jeanmark
5th Apr 2016
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Many dog owners do not choose to have their dogs lost or stolen and there are a number of irresponsible and cruel dog owners out there. For once I don't think this is a bullying tactic, rather a responsible one which will hopefully make people think about what owning a dog means.
Wilf
5th Apr 2016
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Yes I do think our lovely Canine friends should be chipped. Its a simple procedure and if they are lost they can be reunited with their owners. Saves time and imagine the dogs distress without seeing their owners.

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