Wednesday 21 February 2018

Microchips may spell end for dog licences

NEW regulations requiring all dogs to be microchipped are to be introduced in the future but it is unclear whether the current dog licence will then be abolished.

The Department of Agriculture has declined to specify whether the dog licence will be abolished when mandatory chipping is introduced.

It came as the organisation that represents farmers said it supported the plan but called for the licence to be scrapped.

A spokeswoman for Minister Simon Coveney said that the initiative was in its very early stages and no details of how it would be enforced had been decided.

"We will launch a consultation period, which will be finished by the end of the summer," she added.

Irish Independent

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