Q: Mandatory Microchip?
The benefit of a microchip is great if your pet escapes and ends up in the shelter or at a vets office. Some places (like Hawaii) require all pets to have a microchip. Do you think that requiring microchips could help decrease the number of irresponsible pet owners? Do you think it would discourage people from dumping their pets and help reduce the number of unwanted animals?
Jan 21, 2009
making anything mandatory is usually a bad idea. Microchips are absolutely wonderful, and I have personally reunited several pets with their owners months or years after they went missing thanks to the miracle of microchips. However, mandating their implantation will alienate many, many people. Best to simply educate about the benefits of microchips, work on expanding availability, and lowering cost.
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Jan 21, 2009
There are many aspects to this question. From a "what is in the best interest of the pet" standpoint - mandatory microchipping is a great idea. It allows the pet to be reunited and does not rely on external items (ie tags/collars) that can be lost. From a legal standpoint the ONLY way we are going to be able to consistently enforce pet laws (ie penalize irresponsible owners for abandonment, mistreatment, etc) is with some sort of unchangeable identification so that the current excuse of "that isn't MY dog" will NOT work! Plus we can start to hold responsible people whose dogs end up in rescues and shelters both financially and legally (we are not talking here LEGITIMATE reasons but repeated abandonment). With mandatory microchipping we can track breeding operations producing unsound (physically and behaviorally) animals on a regular basis and hold them accountable. And the possibilities go on and on. IMO mandatory microchipping is the foundational keystone for ANY effective solution to the "pet death" problem in this country (ie the needless killing of millions of pets b/c there are no responsible homes for them).
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