Compulsory Microchip Scanning on pets to be introduced alongside Compulsory Microchipping with a microchip proving ownership.
Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
We have just learnt that the first petition reply was in fact not correct, as Defra were informed by BVA the following:-
Although BVA had said they supported scanning new patients as “best practice” the BVA Council realized that there needed to be a much clearer understanding of what the responsibilities would be of the databases and how the process would work for a vet if the details didn’t match. This has still not been clarified and so we haven’t issued any guidance to members.
This e-petition has received the following response:
As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department have provided the following response:
We do not plan to introduce compulsory scanning. This is because it is already best practice that stray pets are scanned for microchips when received by vets and rescue centres. The guidance provided by the British Veterinary Association advises veterinarians to always scan animals brought into their surgeries for the first time. Details of pets and those keeping them should be recorded on a microchip database so that pets can be re-united with their owners if those pets go missing. The new requirement from April 2016 for all dogs in England to be microchipped and for the details of the dog and its owner to be recorded on a database, will also require for such details to be kept up to date. The database should be informed when any pet is lost or stolen. If a stolen pet is identified through scanning the chip, then the database can advise the keeper on what steps may be taken.
The first petition link click here:-http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/50401
Also incorrect, is the database information as there are no further steps advised by the databases as they consider a found stolen dog, who is with a new owner, a civil action:-
We have a new dog tail about Benji which will explain what the next step is for registered microchip owners:-
This leaves Benji’s registered microchip owner/keeper needing to get the police involved, getting a lawyer or working out herself how to start proceedings in the small claims court, to get her own dog back home!! Once the microchip owner has the name and address of the new owner, a mediator maybe able to help before going down the legal route.
We believe that a microchip should be proof of ownership and BENJI should have been reunited immediately. Isn’t that what you thought should happen?
Our petition is for compulsory scanning of microchips but also for a microchip to be proof of ownership. In DEFRA’S response to the petition they say:- ‘If a stolen pet is identified through scanning the chip, then the database can advise the keeper on what steps may be taken’. Did you realise that this was the next step?
Please do not attack the database or the Vet, they are working to the law as it stands today, that is why we have our petiton and why we will carry on working to get the law changed in favour of the pet owner.
The owner is getting the police involved and as we have seen before this, ‘sometimes’, helps get the dog back home without the need of court action, which can take some time.
Will keep you all up to date.