Healthy Pets Supports Government Scheme to Make Microchips Compulsory

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Healthy Pets Insurance, the leading online pet insurer is backing a recent government report to make microchips compulsory for all dogs in England and Wales.

any legislation that was created following serious debate and concentrated on the curbing of irresponsible pet ownership was to be welcomed

The measures set out by the home secretary, Alan Johnson, are to address the growing concern of dangerous dogs in our communities and “status dogs” being used for intimidation. The RSPCA saw a 12-fold increase in the number of complaints about dog fights between 2004 and 2008. Johnson is expected to give further details of the scheme in a speech on crime and antisocial behaviour.

The Labour proposal has been developed to extend the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, to cover attacks by dogs on private property, covering those whose job role involves them working on private land e.g. postal workers. The law currently bans the ownership of pit-bull Terriers, dogo Argentino, fila Brasileiro and the Japanese tosa. The extension will also make third-party insurance compulsory for dogs so that victims can be financially compensated.

Under the proposed scheme all dogs will legally have to be micro-chipped. A small chip is injected under the skin of the dog; the chip holds a unique identifying code which can give the dogs name, breed and owner contact details when read. The cost of micro chipping ranges from £10-£35, however many dog owners already register their dogs on the national PetLog database. Owners who fail to comply with the scheme will likely face a fine.

Mark Effenberg, Chief Executive stated that “any legislation that was created following serious debate and concentrated on the curbing of irresponsible pet ownership was to be welcomed.” He added “Healthy Pets Insurance was delighted to already be offering 3rd party cover to responsible UK Dog owners via healthy-pets.co.uk” It is not yet known how the scheme will be implemented, however a likely approach will be to concentrate on puppies first.

Since 1997, Healthy Pets Insurance has remained an independent and specialist pet insurance company choosing to trade on the trust of its policyholders to gain one of the highest renewal rates in the industry. Their pet insurance policies are very competitive and 100% underwritten through Underwriters at AMTrust International.

Healthy Pets Ltd is located in Ridgeway Office Park, Petersfield, Hampshire. The company can be contacted on sales(at)healthy-pets(dot)co(dot)uk, 01730 268592 or online at http://www.healthy-pets.co.uk.

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