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Q: Mandatory Microchip?

January 20, 2009 | By jennifer r. | 45 answers | Expired: 1995 days ago

jennifer r.

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?

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david c.
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Jan 26, 2009

I do find microchipping is a helpful tool to make people more responsible for their pets. It's not fool proof, but is is a start in the right direction.

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Diana L.
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Jan 22, 2009

Is there any medical issues involved with implanting a micro-chip?

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julie d.
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Jan 22, 2009

I think more shelters would find the rightful owners with the microchip. The only problem is there is several kinds, and not all readers read every kind of chip.

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Austin P.
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Jan 22, 2009

Maybe. I think the biggest thing mandatory microchips help is that people won't let their pets roam free, for fear of getting a ticket. I didn't know Hawaii requires them, but every military base housing complex does.

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Sandy S.
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Jan 22, 2009

Unfortunately, I don't think mandatory microchipping will make people be more responsible with their pets. Some people don't care or stop to think what will happen to an animal that has been dumped. They simply view it as no longer being bothered with the animal.

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Bonnie K.
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Jan 21, 2009

Responsible pet owners already microchip their pets, and I don't think it would stop the "dumping" that happens now. The type of person that would dump and animal is the type that wouldn't bother to register the pet after microchipped. If the organization doing the chipping registered the pet at the time it might help, but people move, phones are disconnected, and records not up dated.

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Horseboy
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Jan 21, 2009

although i can see the benifits i am against giving the govenrment any more power over our lives, it wont stop there, it will extend to chipping our children one day and there will be a rationalization justifying it.

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stevefrye f.
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Jan 21, 2009

We are hoping to get a mandatory microchip ordinance in Liberty County.. I do feel like it will limit the "dumping"
of animals with the chip and also will help place the animals back in their homes if lost or stolen.

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Cami G.
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Jan 21, 2009

Although it really shouldnt be like this, I think it would help a lot if there was mandatory microchips for pets. It may not stop irresponsible owners but it does decrease lost pets.

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Natalia W.
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Jan 21, 2009

I'm not sure that it would stop people from dumping their pets ,they might just try to be more sneaky about it. People able to do that are pretty cruel hearted in my book. It good possibly be a good idea though as long as everyone is able to afford it.

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