“First They Came for the Dogs…”

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It looks like once again those “progressive” Brits have beaten us to the punch in coming up with yet another “innovative” law to protect us and our best friends.


Even dogs cannot escape the surveillance state. Under plans to be put forward by both Labour and the Conservatives at the next election, all dogs will have to be fitted with a microchip with their owner’s name, address and phone number. In addition, a national database will hold details of all dogs in the country, including their breed, age and health. Owners who fail to insert a microchip containing a unique barcode will face a fine and possibly the right to keep their dog.

Both Labour and the Tories believe the policy will curb the number of stray dogs and will deter owners from buying dogs they do not look after properly. The microchip, which is inserted under the skin, usually at the scruff of the neck, is also intended to help stop the trade in stolen dogs.

Keep in mind that I have no problem with pet owners deciding to microchip their dogs, cats, and—yes—even their children if they feel it is good for their safety. I do have a problem with bureauRATs making this decision. Then again, I have a problem with bureauRATs in general.

6:28 am on September 27, 2009