Environment Minister Lord Taylor told peers yesterday he was ‘close to finalising a package of measures to tackle irresponsible dog owners’.Hurrah! About time! This will resolve the pro…
Oh. Hang on:
He added: ‘We see microchipping as one measure we can take to address an increasing problem.'/facepalm
Every puppy born will have a microchip implanted under its skin, in a procedure that costs up to £35 a time.
The dog’s details will then be stored on a database, which the police and RSPCA will have access to.
The scheme is expected to be phased in over a period of time, starting with puppies, before being extended to cover Britain’s eight million pet dogs.
FFS! Once again, we see that the measures taken DO NOT tackle ‘irresponsible dog owners’, they impinge on all dog owners.
Collective punishment again, all because our stupid, cowardly, lazy officials are too stupid, cowardly and lazy to write legislation that gets to the heart of the matter…
Ministers believe the plans will make it easier for the police to trace the owners of violent dogs and strays, as well as helping to home lost dogs.And yet proving ownership isn’t always a problem. In all the cases I’ve covered under this tag, I don’t think it’s been a factor.
Indeed, in these two recent cases, the ownership of the dog in question hasn’t been an issue:
An 83-year-old man has died after being attacked by a pitbull-type dog that had escaped from a neighbour's garden, Scotland Yard said…. Police arrested the suspect yesterday before releasing him on bail, pending further inquiries.And in this one, it was the owner’s own dog!
A mother may have been savaged to death by her pet Alsatian as she tried to protect her children.No-one seems to be asking whether a ‘small, slight woman’ with three young children shouldn’t have been allowed to get a powerful, adult dog (provenance unknown) and keep it in a flat in the first place, do they?
Neighbours heard screams as petite Cassandra Smith, 49, was attacked by the large dog in front of her son and daughter at their flat in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
The terrified children ran next door to the home of William Brown screaming, 'Mum's dead!'
Mr Brown, 49, ran around to her flat and tried desperately to revive the woman, but without success.
Police were today probing the possibility that the dog turned on her as she patted it on the head.
Presumably, so long as it was microchipped, she’d have been OK even under this proposed legislation. And of course, she’d be just as dead…
The microchipping idea has the support of both the RSPCA and the Kennel Club.Well, sure it does! And the support of the vets union too, I wouldn’t wonder. Because they stand to ‘profit’ by it!
But some critics are concerned that it will be hard to force irresponsible dog owners to comply.Whew! Thank god there are some critics.
And no surprise the name mentioned is Dick Puddlecote’s blog mascot:
Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘My instinct is that it is likely to end up penalising responsible dog owners.Well, quite. Why can’t anyone else see this?
‘The danger is that you introduce a new tax, and all the bureaucracy that goes with it, on law-abiding dog owners while making no impression on the irresponsible ones.’
Frankly, chips are pointless. Unless you’re going to implant one in each dog’s head to control the aggression centres, then give the owner the remote control....
Update: Anyone wondering why the 'Mail' story link isn't working, well, it's because (as it turns out) thanks to @fieldproducer we learn that she wasn't savaged to death at all, but died of natural causes. There WERE injuries, but they have been determined to be post-mortem. The dog that is thought to have caused them wasn't an Alsatian (though she did have one as well!) but a bull mastiff/Staffie crossbreed.
Rather than update their information, as a blogger would, the 'Mail' (and also the 'Sun') has pulled the page and the story altogether.
Remind me again, who is it that thinks journalists should have a 'kitemark' system...?