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Compulsory dog microchipping in UK precursor for cats? — 13 Comments

  1. I think this is good, though I’m sure as Ruth said there will be some who just ignore it and don’t have their dogs chipped because they simply won’t want to be held responsible for the dog. But why just dogs, why not cats? Why, once again are cats second to dogs? Not only can someone run over a cat and drive away legally but also now they’re obviously not important enough (to some)to be included in this new law.

    • I agree with you Babz. Cats always seem to come after dogs. I think it is because cats are quieter than dogs – less demanding generally. More low profile. That sounds simplistic but it may be part of the reason.

      • Cats can look after themselves – thats the age old reason why people think its ok to let them do just that. Its awful to leave them to it but they can. Dogs are hopeless. You cant have dogs wandering around, it’s just not possible. Somehow people don’t mind having cats wandering around. But cats don’t invade space in the same way dogs do and yes, part of that is because they are quieter. I believe the intelligence and agility and ability of the cat works against its welfare in cultural terms.

      • People see dogs as totally helpless and think they have to do something about it whereas cats are independent by comparisim. People go totally squee when they see a helpless dribbling baby so a dog is basically the same except hairy 🙂

  2. lol there are some strange people here Michael, we have the misfortune that part of our lovely town is a dumping ground for druggies.
    Our niece and family run a pub in London and I’d say we have more adventures here than you do there lol
    ‘Lost in London found under a hat’ was one of our late mother’s sayings

  3. It’s a good idea but the downside is that when the law passes only responsible owners will have their dogs microchipped, if they haven’t already done so.
    People who let their dogs wander off alone will simply not claim them back if the dog warden takes them, they will deny ownership and it may be hard to prove.
    BTW a bit off topic but I was interested to learn from our local police that some drug sellers hide small packages of drugs under their dog’s collar, they take the dog for a walk, meet the buyer, who stoops down to pat the dog and takes the small package from under the collar and leaves the money there!!!
    If you want to see life forget London, come to County Durham lol

    • I agree that it will take a long time to change things and it might not work. As for Durham, I am very tempted – seriously 😉 London is a foreign country and I am nostalgic for old England. Guess I am just getting a bit old.

      • I’m right behind you there Michael. You have my full encouragement and support with your future move out of the huge big smoke and into the land of morning mist and tweeting birds, wet grass – maybe even a bit white from the cold in winter but wonderfully fresh and invigorating! Out the the robins will be photographing you and you might need a pair of wellies – but in a good way 🙂

        Fantastic news this article. Regardless of the problems and issues of it not working it nonetheless represents an andvance in thinking and consideration for animal care and responsibility.

    • I think it will help the welfare of cats in the long run because it will gradually make cat owners more responsible and of course a lost cat can be reunited with his owner.

  4. Micro-chipping will definitely help in responsible ownership besides being helpful in identifying lost pets.Michael, where do you get to see the stray dogs and cats of London? In 2010, i spent a week in central London as a “Backpacker tourist” walking and traveling by public transport the length and breadth of Central London akin to my home city of Mumbai.I never ever came across a stray dog or cat during my entire weeks stay in the city.I distinctly remember seeing only one collared dog walking without a leash near the Thames river, hence remember the scene vividly.Even London’s largest market, “Burroughs Market” didn’t have a single stray cat or a dog.

    • Like you I have never seen a single stray or feral dog or cat in London. I actually don’t think there are any except perhaps in some derelict sites but even in those places there are very few. I don’t know why this is.

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