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Petition to Defra UK Government

#FernsLaw: Update the pet microchip system to reunite stolen and missing dogs & cats.

COMPULSORY TO MICROCHIP OUR DOGS BUT OPTIONAL TO SCAN AND CHECK MICROCHIP REGISTRATION.  Please sign #FernsLaw petition to close the loopholes preventing missing microchipped dogs and cats from getting back home. We have microchipped our pets with the expectation to be reunited if the worst happens and they are lost or stolen. If just one organisation is not committed to scan and check microchip registration the whole system fails and is not fit for purpose. Updates needed to help missing microchipped pets get home:-  1. We want the veterinary professionals to scan and check dogs and cats microchip registration on original database at first consultation and annual checkups to establish if the pet is reported as missing. This is also a good opportunity to help owners update their contact details. This should be implemented across the industry as a Standard Operation Procedure or Practice Policy.  2. One microchip number on one database, to prevent new identity being given to missing and stolen pets. The present procedure allows your missing pet to be registered on another database with another owner without cross checking original database!  3. Databases must not change registration information without contacting the original keeper.  All databases should be working in unison to a Code Of Practice.   4. When a microchipped missing pet is scanned the veterinary professionals must follow this up and inform the database and or police.  Flow chart for vets is available. The owner  must be contacted immediately by the database before the missing alert is removed. 5. Deceased and injured pets on roads and railways must be checked for a microchip. 6. Seized and hand-in pets must have their microchip registration cross checked by the authorities and rescues.  7. Immediate reunification if a pet is scanned and is registered as missing on original database. Databases will tell you if someone wants to change your pets microchip registration that you only have 14 days to keep the registration in your name.  No help or advice is given to families.  8.  Defra must issue a warning about the bogus database operating as a UK Pet Registry Database which is taking money from innocent pet keepers, not realising that when their pets microchip is scanned the microchip will read as unregistered!  9.  Vets must send microchip registration documentation immediately to the microchip database, it is common knowledge that some vet practices hold on to registrations to save money on posting (online service is available for all).   If a pet goes missing during this time and the pet goes missing, the microchip will show up as unregistered. Please remember if an owner is not found for a stray found dog, after 7 days a dog can legally be rehomed or put to sleep.  The Compulsory Dog Microchipping Regulations fall short of protecting our dogs and there is now a consultation on introducing the Compulsory Cat Microchipping Regulations.  “Microchipping of cats will be about as useful in tackling cat theft as microchipping dogs is for tackling dog theft - microchipped pets can only be reunited if authorities choose to scan, check databases and contact owner. We need #PetTheftReform & #FernsLaw” Dr Daniel Allen, Animal Geographer, Keele University and Stolen And Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA).  We don’t believe that the Government should only take advice from RCVS, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Rescues on this issue, as they are at the centre of this injustice and are protecting themselves first and not putting the welfare of the animals or their clients first.   Why #FernsLaw: Stolen Fern was reunited after 6 years because she was picked up as a stray, on her own with no new owner present and her microchip was checked.  If Fern had been taken to the vet with an owner, she would still be missing.  We want ‘sold on’ and ‘kept by finding’ missing dogs and cats, who have a new keeper present, to have the same chance as a stray to get home.   Many missing pets are never reunited with their families because it’s left optional to scan and check microchip registration on the original database to make sure pet and keeper match. Best practice ‘recommendations’ and ‘strengthened advice’ by the veterinary professionals, authorities and rescues to check microchip registration is devised to be misleading and is approved and accepted by Defra.  You only find out that microchips are not checked when your pet has disappeared.  Every missing microchipped pets deserve the right to be reunited with their loving family. Please sign #FernsLaw petition for change. Thank you.  Pet theft rate climbs by 51 per cent in four years, sparking calls for new pet scanning laws: https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/9598216/call-new-pet-scanning-laws-beat-pet-thieves/ Dr. Daniel Allen ‘s Spatialities of Dog Theft: A Critical Perspective:- https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/5/209 Please note that a microchip is not proof of ownership and we are referred to as ‘keepers’ in the Compulsory Dog Microchipping Regulations, which also gives the new keeper the rights to change original registration on a database:- http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111125243 VetsGetScanning.co.uk Doglost.co.uk If you have a missing pet please add them on Doglost.co.uk, run by volunteers, all free, supported by police and animal wardens.  Missing pet groups supporting this petition:-  Stolen And Missing Pets Alliance, Doglost, Pet Theft Awareness, The Dog Union, Murph’s Army, Dog’s Today Magazine, Dog’s Monthly, Dog Tag, It’s All About The Animals, APDAWG, Missing Pets UK, Missing Dogs UK.  Please let us know if you would like your organisation added.  CONTACT YOUR MP: COPY AND PASTE AND SEND TO THEM 

Debbie Matthews
49,877 supporters
Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Roseanna Cunningham, Jo O'Hara, Nicola Sturgeon

Save the Scottish wildcat by protecting Clashindarroch Forest!

The Scottish Wildcat is one of the rarest animals in the world; there are only 35 of them left on earth. A third of them live in the publicly owned Clashindarroch Forest in the Scottish Highlands, but they are in danger from logging by the Scottish Government’s Forestry Commission Scotland. If this doesn’t stop immediately, the wildcat will become extinct. I’ve always loved cats, and these wildcats - often dubbed the ‘Tigers of the Highlands’ - are particularly special to me. I'm a filmmaker and got to really know about them 12 years ago filming them for a wildlife documentary. Learning they were truly on the verge of extinction I knew I had to act and, with some expert help, I set up a project to protect and conserve them called Wildcat Haven. But now I need your help to keep them alive. Wildcat Haven have found 13 wildcats in this forest. It is their last and only known major stronghold and breeding site. But logging is taking place in the middle of kitten season, disturbing wildcat mothers, which could make them abandon or even eat their young. The logging will tear the wildcat population apart, and threaten many other rare animals that live in the forest alongside them. Please sign our petition urgently calling on the Scottish Government to immediately halt the logging and exploitation of Clashindarroch Forest to ensure the iconic Scottish wildcat survives. This petition was launched by filmmaker and Wildcat Haven founder Steve Piper and received 511,000 signatures, at the end of 2019 it was passed to Wildcat Haven CIC who supported the petition throughout, to take the campaign forward with legal action. You can stay up to date on this campaign and the organisation that discovered these wildcats and wants to protect them, Wildcat Haven, at WildcatHaven.com and also on facebook.com/ScottishWildcatHaven

Wildcat Haven
524,272 supporters
Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Nicola Sturgeon, Sian Berry, Adam Price, Ian Blackford

Ban lion trophy hunting imports into the UK

The body parts of lions killed in gruesome hunts are being bought and imported into our country as ‘hunting trophies’. To hunt these beautiful animals for fun is inhumane and wrong - but it’s also contributing to the rapid decline of lion numbers. That’s why I’m calling on lion trophy hunting imports to be banned immediately. I lived and worked for two decades in several African countries to help the conservation of lions there and I’m now the director of Lion Aid. It pains me that their numbers continue to drop. The number of lions in Africa has decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 within the past 50 years. Most of the ‘trophies’ are male lions. This has a disastrous knock on effect, pride structures are disrupted, reproduction almost grinds to a halt as cub survival is severely affected, and mortality among females increases as they attempt to protect their cubs during encounters with more and more displaced males. We must immediately stop our involvement in this cruel trade of lions killed for fun, like others around the world have. Australia, France and the Netherlands have already banned lion trophy imports. Why have we not yet joined them in doing so? In 2010 and 2015 promises were made by British MPs about introducing a ban, but years later nothing has happened. Every single day we delay makes it more and more likely that we push lions towards extinction. Please sign my petition calling on the UK to immediately ban imports of Lion trophies.

Pieter Kat
597,576 supporters