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THE Scottish Government has outlined possible ways of introducing mandatory microchipping of dogs in Scotland in a consultation document published on December 27. It is also inviting views on other measures that could be introduced to encourage responsible dog ownership.
Richard Lochhead, Scotland's cabinet secretary for rural affairs and environment, formally announced the government's intention to consult on compulsory microchipping at the BVA's annual Scottish dinner in June last year (VR, June 29, 2013, vol 172, pp 673-674).
Regarding microchipping, the consultation document notes that the Scottish Government considers microchipping to be an invaluable tool in helping to reunite lost, stolen or straying dogs with their owners and that it is recommended as best practice in the government's Code of Practice on the welfare of dogs. However, it highlights a number of potential challenges to compulsory microchipping, including enforcement of the requirement and the recording and maintaining of …
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