I seem to have missed this thread LOL
I dont think it is fair to tell nochip they should be worrying about other issues. This is obviously an issue they feel passionately about and they shoudl be able to work towqards a goal without feeling like they could be doing something more worthwhile.
My dogs are microchipped. But ONLY because it is compulsory here and it was a requirement of import from NZ. The vet checks for the position of the chip whenever we go in but one of them has migrated and if the dog goes missing, it is unlikely the chip will be found, therefore making the chipping completely pointless.
Also I agree with the databases, my dogs are registered on some data base...btu what happens if they are stolen and taken to WA? The microchip will be completely useless. I think there should be ONE database only...a national one.
In NZ, microchipping was made compulsory a few years ago. The only people who didnt have to microchip were people whos dogs were over a certain age before the law was brought in (it was up to them if they wanted to do it) and working dogs. Why wouldnt working dogs be chipped? Surely it would be more important for them to be chipped....it just doesnt make sense to me. My dogs were over the required age and so I opted to not chip them.
I am not anti chipping at all. I think it can serve a purpose and does serve a good purpose sometimes. However, I am completely against compulsory chipping. Making it compulsory isnt going to mean that **** dog owners get their dogs chipped. It isnt going to mean that every lost dog is reunited with its owner. It wont stop lost chipped dogs from being rehomed without the owner being contacted. And I could go on and on.
The thing is, now it is compulsory to chip the dogs...what becomes compulsory next? Do we agree to every new child being chipped so that the government can keep track of them? Sound outrageous doesn't it, but this is something already being discussed.