Scotland’s commitment to a compulsory microchipping consultation brings Petlog’s 10th National Microchipping Month to an end on a high, in what has been the busiest year since the campaign first launched in 2004.
Scotland’s commitment to a compulsory microchipping consultation brings Petlog’s 10th National Microchipping Month to an end on a high.
The month-long initiative, which has been running throughout June 2013, saw sponsors Petlog urging UK pet owners to take advantage of reduced price microchipping and update their contact details with their microchip databases.
According to organisers, public response to the campaign has been “overwhelming” and Petlog has seen one of the busiest years since it began.
Now, news that the Scottish Government will be consulting on compulsory microchipping for dogs by the end of 2013 brings a welcome close to a successful month.
Scotland’s commitment to consult on the issue was announced by MSP Richard Lochhead during his speech at the annual BVA Scottish Dinner in Holyrood (June 18th). The news follows the announcement that microchipping will be compulsory for dogs in England by April 2016 and in Wales by April 2015.
Petlog executive Celia Walsom said: “It was announced earlier this year that both England and Wales are to introduce compulsory microchipping for dogs. This, combined with the news Scotland is to host a consultation on compulsory microchipping is great news for dogs.”
She added: “Compulsory microchipping is also great news for welfare organisations, dog wardens and veterinary surgeries; if all lost pets that came to them were microchipped, it would save time and money as they could quickly reunite, instead of having to kennel and rehome.”
- To find out more about National Microchipping Month and events that are taking place in your area, visit www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk.