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May 02, 2006

Masterton council sends message against dog microchipping


More small town and rural community leaders are thumbing their noses at the Government over the proposed microchipping of dogs.

After a protest and march organised by Hawke's Bay farmers at the weekend, Masterton District Council has voted to make the microchip law low priority. "If you can't beat the new law you can at least do your best to ignore it. This is just the start. We are well ready to get down to Parliament and tell the Government to get nicked," said councillor Rod McKenzie. MORE>>
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Taranaki vows fight over microchip dog law 02 May 2006
Resistance to the dog microchipping law is growing in Taranaki with two rural mayors speaking out against it.
"The last thing we want is microchipping. It's a dog," Stratford District Council's regulatory manager Mike Avery said. His council has decided to enforce microchipping only on dangerous dogs. MORE>>
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Farmers welcome dog-chip stand 02 May 2006
Farmers opposed to microchipping their dogs may have found unlikely allies in the Green and Maori parties. It seems the parties, not known for their support of farmers, will be able to do what Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton failed to when he asked for farm dogs to be exempted from the controversial microchipping law due to be introduced on July 1.

When the minister asked for the exemption he was told by Cabinet there should be one law for all dogs. Both parties indicated yesterday they were likely to support a move to drop the proposed legislation altogether. Waikato Federated Farmers president Peter Buckley, in the throes of organising public meetings against the legislation, said farmers were welcoming the parties' support.

If the Greens and Maori parties oppose the legislation it would bring parliamentary support up to 63, forcing a Labour rethink.

Mr Buckley said he had heard some weeks ago that the Greens and Maori might join National, Act and United Future in amending the act. Though the parties were unlikely allies, Mr Buckley said farmers were supportive of any political party that sang the same tune as they did.
"We realise that they are not farmers but welcome their input."

Mr Buckley has arranged a series of public "dog-chip" meetings starting in Te Kuiti on Tuesday at 7pm. Tokoroa and Hamilton will host public meetings on Wednesday, and Te Aroha and Huntly on Thursday. From this article

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