Today there was a Ten Minute Rule Motion: Pets (Microchips) 22nd September 2020
The Private Members Bill (PMB) for Pets (Microchips) in Parliament will have its second reading in January 2021 but will only include councils to scan deceased cats on roads ( Gizmo’s Legacy) and for vets to scan before euthanising a healthy animal ( Tuk’s Law ), this will continue to leave gapping holes in the already inadequate microchip system.
The MP, James Daly MP and the two campaigns are fully aware of our work and to be honest is beggars belief that all missing and stolen pets have been excluded.
We congratulate the Tuk and Gizmo campaigns and appeal to them for help to include vets to scan and check microchip ID at veterinary 1st treatment or latterly on annual health check to help reunite stolen and missing pets that have been victims of theft and either sold on or kept (Theft By Finding)
We are taking advice to find out if we can get the PMB amended to help all families with missing pets and get microchips working the way they were intended!
As many of you know we have been campaigning since 2006 to make it compulsory for vets to check microchip registration at first treatment to reunite sold on or kept pets with their rightful families.
We apologise to all the families searching for their microchipped pets.
Watch James Daly MP presenting the proposed Pet (Microchips) Bill:- https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/0009adeb-326b-4d99-bb7c-53719ca09d61?in=14:43:49&out=14:53:25
MP’s co-sponsoring the new microchip bill:- Anthony Mangnall, Andrew Griffith, Antony Higginbotham, James Sunderland, Joy Morrisey, Sara Britcliffe, Mark Logan, Mark Eastwood, Sir Graham Brady, Chris Loder, Andy Carter and Jim Shannon.
To remind you of our #FernsLaw petition:-
Fern’s Law: Compulsory to scan & check microchips to reunite stolen dogs, cats.
Many missing microchipped pets are never reunited as it’s optional to scan & check microchip registration. It’s time veterinary professionals, authorities and rescues checked pet & keeper match on the original database at a pets 1st consultation or yearly checkup. It’s their only chance to get home
Vets can play a valuable role in reuniting missing microchipped pets. We have microchipped our pets with the expectation to be reunited if the worst happens and they are lost or stolen. If just one organisation is not committed to scan and check microchip registration the whole system fails and is not fit for purpose.
Legislation is needed to replace half hearted ‘strengthened, best practice recommendations’
Please email your own MP, asking them to help get checking microchip ID at first veterinary treatment and rescues to cross check hand-ins to reunite stolen and missing pets included in any new bill for microchips. You can find your MP’s email address on this link, don’t forget to include you name and full postcode:- https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
Dr Daniel Allen’s article: Compulsory cat microchipping is great in theory – but the system is flawed https://bit.ly/3hFItJt