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Welsh Government consults on compulsory microchipping of dogs

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THE Welsh Government is seeking views on proposals that would introduce a requirement for all dogs in Wales to be microchipped.

Launching a consultation on the government's plans on May 16, John Griffiths, the Welsh environment minister, noted that about three out of 10 households in Wales owned at least one dog. Most owners were responsible, and took good care of their animals. ‘As a government we are committed to building on this to ensure high welfare standards for all dogs,’ he said. ‘Microchipping ensures a permanent identification for animals and only needs to be done once in a dog's life. It makes it easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners, acts as a deterrent against dog theft, and helps to prove dog ownership if there are ever …

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