Club hosts debate, attended by MPs, animal welfare charities and Defra’s animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley, to discuss the implications of compulsory microchipping.

The Kennel Club (KC) hosted a debate at the House of Commons on June 6 (2013) to discuss the implications of compulsory microchipping.

Steve Dean (right) with Neil Parish MP, who hosted the debate on The Kennel Club's behalf.In the debate – attended by MPs, animal welfare charities and ministers, including Defra’s animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley – opinions, concerns and ideas from a range of stakeholders were expressed, including how the law could be implemented and enforced and the effect it would have on dogs and owners, those who offer microchipping, the police and animal welfare charities.

According to the KC, it was agreed the primary principle of microchipping should be reunification of lost dogs with their owners, and Lord de Mauley highlighted how the legislation would help to speed this up, as well as reduce the stress on “overburdened” welfare organisations and local authorities.

However, there were also concerns about the low numbers of pet owners who kept their contact details updated, as a survey conducted by the club’s lost and found database Petlog found 40 per cent of dog owners did not know if their microchip database had up-to-date contact information.

However, Steve Dean, the KC’s chairman, said he was positive about the potential outcome of the meeting.

“We are grateful to all MPs and ministers for attending the debate,” he said. “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.”

June is National Microchipping Month, sponsored by Petlog. Visit the month’s website for more information.

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