New Zealand Dog News

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February 16, 2006

Councils deplore proposals for dog microchips

South Canterbury's three district councils are opposing microchipping of dogs, with one mayor stating his council will not "go out of its way to enforce it". (YES!!)

Their comments follow on from South Canterbury farmers who suggested earlier this week their national organisation Federated Farmers mount a civil disobedience campaign and direct farmers to ignore the microhipping law unless working farm dogs were made exempt.

Waimate District Council mayor John Coles said his council "strongly opposed" the new legislation and would be prepared to join forces with Federated Farmers to put their case to the Government.

Mr Coles will be attending a zone five meeting next week, for local bodies from the Waitaki River up to the top of the South Island. At his meeting he plans to re-raise the issue of dog chipping.
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