Poll: Should it be compulsory to have your dog micro-chipped?

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The micro-chipping of the Beano's Gnasher has been praised by the animal welfare minister for raising awareness of forthcoming regulations making it compulsory for dogs.

Gnasher gets a microchip. Pic: The Beano

George Eustice commended the Dogs Trust, which teamed up with the famous comic on a special strip last year.

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell (Clacton) asked about the new regulations which will require all keepers in England to get their dog micro-chipped by April next year.

He said in the Commons: "In a number of western countries where micro-chipping has been compulsory, fewer dogs are micro-chipped than in the UK, where it has been voluntary.

"What is the maximum penalty that will be imposed on anyone who fails to comply?"

Mr Eustice said 70% of dogs had already been micro-chipped under the voluntary scheme, but added: "Our judgment is we need it now compulsory to get to the remaining 30%.

"We will be taking a proportionate approach when it comes to penalties. In the first instance, someone will be given an enforcement notice, not a penalty, and given 21 days to comply.

"Charities are doing a great deal to raise awareness.

"A recent edition of the Beano included a storyline put there by the Dogs Trust where Gnasher had a micro-chip installed."

Speaker John Bercow said: "That is useful to all of us and, in particular, the honourable member for Clacton who wouldn't otherwise have known of it."

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