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Conservatives set out new plans for welfare

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The Conservative government plans to consult on the compulsory microchipping of cats

By Georgina Mills

The Conservative Party has set out ambitious new proposals aimed at protecting animal welfare.

Announced at the start of the party’s conference in Manchester this week, the plans aim to protect companion animals, farm animals and animals in the wild.

The party is proposing to launch a consultation on compulsory microchipping for cats, to bring the species in line with dogs. Compulsory microchipping of dogs was introduced in 2016.

The party said compulsory microchipping should …

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