Every new pet dog will be microchipped under sweeping Government regulations to combat dangerous animals.
Each puppy born and dog sold will have an electronic chip implanted under the skin. Details will then be placed on a national database accessible by police and the RSPCA.
I just love statements like that, where the MSM recycle government plans as if they will happen, and everyone will obey.
And I particularly love blanket policies to address a specific problem, whereby elderly Mrs Jones with her arthritic Pekingese or teacup Chihuahua is compelled to join a scheme to register and control ‘dangerous dogs’, a problem mainly caused by a tiny section of society, to whit Stabby McChav and his muscular pitbull crossbreed.
The department involved, DEFRA, is happy to justify the proposed policy:
A Defra spokesperson said: ‘Dangerous dogs and how to tackle the problem of dog attacks are very serious issues and we’re working with the police and welfare groups on the best possible measures for dealing with them. We will be announcing what we will do to tackle them soon.’
You’ve just announced it. In the ‘Mail’. Which is, of course, carrying water for the policy:
Police forces currently find it difficult to trace owners of violent dogs and bring their owners to justice because many have no collars or distinguishing markings.
It then gives some examples of cases of dangerous dogs causing death, the better to scare the readers:
There has been a series of deaths after savage attacks by dangerous breeds. In 2009 John Paul Massey, four, died after he was mauled by his uncle’s illegal pitbull terrier.
Last December, Barbara Williams was killed after she was mauled to death at her home in Wallington, Surrey, by a giant Belgian mastiff.
Notice anything about those cases? Yup, that’s right. In each one, the police had no trouble whatsoever identifying who owned the dogs. They were living with, or related to, or had a business relationship (landlord) with the deceased.
This is so obvious a FAIL! that even a Lib Dem MP can see it:
Liberal Democrat MP John Thurso said of the plans: ‘It’s compulsion and I don’t like it. People who have dangerous dogs that are against the law will take no notice of this.
‘This will result in a disproportionate burden on the law-abiding who keep dogs and especially those who need dogs for their work such as farmers who keep kennels. They will be stuck with another expense and piece of legislation to obey.’
Even some of iDave’s formerly obediant companions are baring their teeth and refusing to come to heel:
Aidan Burley, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, said: ‘What army of bureaucrats will enforce the monitoring of a microchip in every new pet dog? This is just another layer of costly bureaucracy and it will hit those on lowest incomes the hardest.’
What was it we were hoping about the coalition? That they’d be different from Labour, less inclined to legislate and not so cosy with the big charities?
More fool us, eh?