The microchip system we’ve been told will help us be reunited with our pets is broken.
Fern’s Law and Tuk’s Law will be debated in Parliament on 28th June 2021. Ask your MP to attend, we need a microchip system we can rely on and was intended to work to reunite pet and family.
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’
Template letter for your MP : https://vetsgetscanning.co.uk/if-you-have-a-microchipped-dog-or-cat-please-ask-your-mp-to-attend-fernslaw-debate-in-parliament-on-28-june-2021-to-reunite-lost-and-stolen-microchipped-pets/
Fern’s Law asks for VETERINARIANS to check microchip registration at pets first veterinary treatment to reunite sold on stolen dogs and cats. RESCUES to cross check microchip registration on relinquished or seized dogs and cats. AUTHORITIES to check microchip registration on pets they deal with, whether abandoned, lost or deceased: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300010
Tuk’s Law is asking for VETERINARIANS to scan prior to euthanasia for Rescue Back up and confirm keeper details. Vets must be legally required to scan for rescue back up contact details on microchips and confirm the person presenting the animal is registered on the microchip. Rescue Back Up must be contacted and honoured: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300025
Gizmo’s Legacy (debated in June 2019 no outcome yet) asked LOCAL COUNCILS for Cats killed or injured by a vehicle are checked for a microchip. Thousands of cats are just disposed of every year without being scanned for a chip after being involved in RTAs. Owners search for months and years and never get closure. Scanning takes two minutes. Cats are a part of a family and deserve to be returned home, not thrown into landfill : https://petition.parliament.uk/archived/petitions/229004
Harvey’s Law (debated in 2015. This was a successful petition and the HIGHWAY AGENCIES incorporated Harvey’s Law into their guidelines). Compulsory scanning of all domestic animals retrieved from the highways.
Log report filed and circulated to both Police and Dog Warden.
Photographs of the deceased to be held with the log report to be used for identification purposes: https://petition.parliament.uk/archived/petitions/62490
The Government have said they are introducing compulsory cat microchipping, will all the above issues be resolved by then?
Dr Daniel Allen’s article on ‘Compulsory cat microchipping is great in theory — but the system is flawed’:
There are, two major flaws with the current compulsory microchipping system: optional scanning, and the lack of a single database.
Although it is compulsory to microchip dogs, veterinary professionals, animal rescues and local authorities are not required to scan the pets they come into contact with. Nor do they have to check microchips against details on a database or contact registered keepers if they do not match the person in possession of the animal. As a result, opportunities to reunite missing and stolen pets with owners are repeatedly missed :