BVA: Microchipping makes sense

(BVA release) The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has renewed its call for compulsory microchipping of all dogs in response to two major reports on dogs today.

Dogs Trust revealed the number of stray dogs in the UK has reached an eleven year high with over 126, 176 dogs picked up by local authorities in the last 12 months and around 20 dogs a day being put to sleep.

Guide Dogs released new research showing seven attacks per month on guide dogs by other dogs over the last 14 months. These shocking statistics signify the failure of some owners to properly control and manage their dogs in public.

Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:

“These hard hitting reports expose the heartache and financial costs that arise when dog owners fail to take their responsibilities seriously.

“Although compulsory microchipping is not a magic wand, it would prove enormously helpful in increasing the number of dogs that can be reunited with their owners, reducing the number of dogs that are in kennels or euthanised, making it easier to identify irresponsible owners, and promoting the responsible ownership message.

“The BVA is a member of the Microchipping Alliance (see below), which is calling on Government to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs to save taxpayers’ money and promote better dog welfare.

“We hope these reports from the Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs will encourage Ministers to take urgent action.”

BVA is a member of the Microchipping Alliance.

Other members include: Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Communication Workers Union, Dog Theft Action, Dogs Trust, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Kennel Club, PDSA, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, RSPCA, Vets Get Scanning and Wood Green Animal Shelter.

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