Moves to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales have been welcomed by veterinary associations.
Environment Minister John Griffiths launched the consultation today (Wednesday) which sets out five options for introducing compulsory microchipping of dogs over different timeframes.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are members of the Microchipping Alliance which is campaigning for the compulsory microchipping of dogs across the whole of the UK. In Northern Ireland microchipping became mandatory earlier this year and Defra is currently consulting on plans for England.
Commenting, Carl Padgett, President of the BVA, said:
“We are delighted that the Welsh Government recognises the enormous animal welfare benefits of microchipping dogs. By facilitating the quick and safe return of stray dogs microchipping literally saves dogs’ lives.
“Compulsory microchipping would also save local authorities millions of pounds in kennelling fees and the administration costs of handling lost dogs.”
Mark Johnston, President of BSAVA, added:
“Microchipping is safe and cheap with chips being implanted for around £15 to £20 and many veterinary practices and charities offering microchipping for free or as part of a low-cost promotion.
“As part of the consultation BVA and BSAVA will be making the case for all dogs to be microchipped from a certain date, rather than a phased-in approach that would be difficult to enforce.”