New Zealand Dog News

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March 29, 2006

Govt's ruling may lead to rural boycott

Farmers are likely to boycott compulsory microchipping of dogs. The Government announced on Monday it would not exempt farm dogs from rules that dogs first registered from July must be micro-chipped. Opponents of the rules say they will not prevent dog attacks and will probably be ignored by many people.

That's the gist of the article, but I've taken the liberty of keeping some gems which I think she live on the Net.

.....The legislation simply introduced new compliance costs with no benefits. As an advocacy body we take a very dim view of that. "It's the worst kind of legislation."

The federation has found an unlikely ally in the Kennel Club. Yesterday, president Lesley Chalmers said she was disgusted the Government would use the misfortune of Anderson to introduce the legislation. "There's only one thing that is going to stop dangerous dog attacks and that is education in schools and homes." More effective would be introducing licences for dog owners and making sure dogs were restrained on the owner's property. "We're not opposed to micro-chipping per se but we object to it being compulsory and the reasons why it's being done," she said.

....Queenstown dog trainer Gary Wulff said there was no way he would be having a microchip put in his $20,000 search and rescue-trained border collie, Jack. He had heard of an instance in Australia where the microchip had moved in the dog and had affected its heart and killed it. "I'm not about to take the risk with a dog that's so important to me and has taken so long to train. I'll go to jail instead," he said.

But New Zealand Veterinary Association president Amanda Nutting said microchipping would allow territorial authorities to euthanise dogs quickly after an attack. Hey, that's a good reason to 'chip!! But why don't you tell us the REAL reason, but it gives profits to vets... all about money!

Evidence from New South Wales, where microchipping of non-working dogs has been in place in the late 1990s, was that attacks dropped. Show ME the evidence.

She did not understand farmers' concerns over costs as it currently cost only about $45 to have a micro-chip inserted and they were only to be inserted in new dogs after July 1.
Benefits of microchipping included tracing parentage of dogs and congenital diseases.
If a lost or injured dog was found its owners could be easily identified.
Oh, and the registration 'chip doesn't??

Health risks to dogs were incredibly low, she said. That's not good enough!

Pedersen said vets were viewing the new law as a commercial opportunity, YES, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I SAID! but Nutting said it was up to territorial authorities to decide whether they would insert the chips and maintain the nationwide data base of dogs or whether vets would be responsible.

Farmers were planning protests around the country, culminating at the Mystery Creek field day in June.


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