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Compulsory dog microchipping could reduce dog attacks on livestock

Legislation which should help in tackling sheep worrying could be in place in Wales by the spring.
Dog attacks on livestock have risen in recent years according to Farmers Guardian research
Dog attacks on livestock have risen in recent years according to Farmers Guardian research

Draft regulations which will require the compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales have been laid before the Welsh Assembly for consideration and will be debated in Plenary on October 20.

 

Rebecca Evans, the Welsh Government’s Food and Farming Deputy Minister, said the draft regulations, along with an impact assessment, had been submitted to EU Member States via the European Commission and no objections had been raised.

 

“We are now working to bring in the compulsory microchipping for all dogs in Wales in April 2016, which is in line with the date announced for compulsory microchipping in England and Scotland.”

 

Officials had also been working closely with counterparts in England on cross-border issues and, because dogs were moved routinely between England and Wales, there was a need to harmonise standards and synchronise the chipping.

 

“Animal welfare is a priority for the Welsh Government and it is firmly believed compulsory microchipping will have a positive impact because the traceability of all dogs back to their owners - and ultimately back to the breeders - will help encourage more responsible ownership,” added Mrs Evans.

 

Farmers Guardian research has shown there have been more than 2,000 dog attacks on livestock in the last two years.


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