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Government calls for views on mandatory cat microchipping

The government has launched a call for evidence on cat microchipping as part of plans that could help reunite lost cats with their owners, tackle pet theft and identify cats injured or killed on roads.

The government is seeking to find out what the effect of mandatory cat microchipping would be on owners, rescue and rehoming centre’s and cats themselves. In particular they’re looking for evidence on the benefits and drawbacks of requiring owners to microchip their cats, how microchipping could help fix problems, how they could make, check and enforce rules and any exemptions they should consider.

This consultation closes at 5pm on 4 January 2020. If you would like to contribute to the call for evidence you can do so by emailing or writing to: Animal Welfare Team, Area 2D Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR.

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