All British dogs must now have microchips inside their neckBy Mason White 1:43 PM February 7, 2013
|Dog being scanned|
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) The government is now forcing pet owners to insert microchips inside their pets, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.
Dog owners who refuse to insert a microchip will receive a hefty fine, the British government announced Wednesday.
All dogs in England will have to be equipped with microchips by 2016, according to the authorities, which means that dogs nationwide will be registered like cars with a small chip in the back of the neck.
The Department of Environment in Britain, said that the chips would help find pet owners after a pet becomes lost or stolen, promote animal welfare and take the pressure off animal shelters.
“It is shameful that a nation of dog lovers, thousands of dogs are roaming the streets or trapped in shelters because the owner cannot be traced,” Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said in a statement. “The microchip is a simple solution that provides peace of mind to pet owners,” he added.
Many British pet owners have veterinary chips inserted under the skin of dogs, cats and rabbits, in an attempt to keep track of their animals. The Environment Department said that 60 percent of the 8 million dogs in Britain already have microchips that can be scanned and matched to the details of their owners.
But authorities said that what was once an optional extra will be required within three years. The owners who refuse to comply will face fines of up to $800.
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