New Zealand already has compulsory registration and microchipping of dogs. This is nothing new. If you are found walking a dog with no microchip or registration you are fined on the spot by Dog Control. Why is the British Government so behind in introducing this responsible and much needed regulation. This act would contribute to the owners having consequences to their actions including the dumping of dogs, cruelty to dogs and allowing dogs to stray. Mr Cameron, please can the UK come out of the dark ages and catch up with New Zealand, a small but effective country on the other side of the world. The UK should be ashamed for not being responsible.