Changes Afoot To Pet Laws?

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Gizmo’s Law And Tuk’s Law

How the UK dog microchip Law ‘forgot’ about those healthy pets presented for euthanasia by non-owners including injured cats and dogs.

Dogs had to be microchipped by Law since 2016 in the UK. Microchipping had been practised by vets according to The Veterinary Nurse @TheVetNurseJnl, since 1989 being recognised as an international identification process for pets. Horses born after 2009 were obliged to be microchipped by a suitable qualified person when travelling under PETS since 2009 and certain exoctic pets under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

With more than a million rabbit pet owners, rabbits, as well as cats, and other small pets, have been microchipped by owners voluntarily since 2016, as well as dogs. The owners details kept by a number of government recognised private agencies, primarily to try and help reduce increasing pet theft.

Whilst the 2016 Act dealt with microchipping legal registration from an early age of dogs, it gave little legal consideration to end of life matters including euthanasia requests of healthy dogs at veterinary practices by non-owners of microchipped dogs. The Act provided no comfort to cat owners whose pets may be injured in accidents being disposed of with no contact and consideration made to their owners.

An older dog at the vets

The very sad story during 2018 of Tuk, @scanme_tukslaw, a healthy rescue dog who was put down at the age of 16 months, by a vet, presented by a non-owner, the vet failing to scan the microchip has finally woken Parliament to the failings of the 2016 Law.

Previously a petition called Gizmo, @gizmos_legacy, had been presented surrounding a much loved elderly cat named Gizmo that was knocked down and disposed of without any authority having scanned her microchip, and was being debated during 2019.

These two occurrences highlighted the failings by authorities and vets to make proper checks prior to or at end of life.

  • Petition number 300025 was initiated at Parliament during 2020

  • A healthy young dog with RBU was euthanised. The person who requested euthanasia was not the registered keeper.

  • The petition closed after the six month period with 121,162 signatures

  • Parliament considers all petitions that gain more than 100,00 signatures and now is in the queue to be heard for second reading at UK Parliament, 29 January 2021, proposed by James Daly MP on the scanning of animals, requiring vets to scan pets for microchipping before euthanizing a healthy animal and considerations made to pet owners where pets have been injured.

Owners can pay thousands of pounds buying their beloved pet, spend thousands of pounds insuring and caring, comply with legislation yet have been let down by veterinary practices and authorities. The proposals currently focus on dogs and cats, however owners microchip all kinds of pets… Time for change, please.

@gizmos_legacy and @scanme_tukslaw ask readers to ensure their MP is voting for the reform.

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