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Petition to The Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, George Eustice MP, Thérèse Coffey MP, Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Mandatory microchip scanning of all cats and dogs at every vet visit.

Whilst mandatory microchipping of dogs is welcomed, it is felt that this should also be extended to cats. Further, it is also believed that revisions to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 should make provision for the mandatory scanning of all cats and dogs when presented at any and all veterinary appointments.  This is to help ensure that: (a) pet records are kept up to date to help maintain the wellbeing and welfare of the animal; and (b) lost or stolen pets are quickly reunited with owners. On 11 September 2016 my Russian Blue x Chocolate Shorthair cat Annoushka 'Noosh' for short was stolen from my front garden. I know this for a fact.  Noosh was spayed, chipped and very much loved. AniBase (now called Identibase) were informed, along with the crime number from my local police force to mark her records as stolen.  It was some 14 months later, on 6 November 2017 that I received a telephone call from a veterinary service to say that my beloved cat's body had been brought into them - and that by scanning her they had immediately been aware of her being stolen and contacted me. Had Noosh been looked after properly, in spite of her having been stolen, she would have been presented to a vet in that intervening period whether for a wellness check or even to ascertain her vaccination status.  This did not happen.  It is strongly believed she was kept penned indoors as a 'house cat' (much against her natural desire to be an outdoorsy cat) and, on being spooked by the fireworks over the Bonfire Night/Weekend celebrations, managed to get out of the place she was being held, ventured onto a road and into the path of an oncoming car. Mandatory chipping AND scanning will help preserve the welfare and wellbeing of the animal, especially in the current climate where pet theft is sadly on the increase.  I would also wish to see technology evolve where pet microchips are fitted with a GPS tracking device, but that type of petition is for another day. Scanning a cat or a dog for a microchip is painless and takes just seconds to scan and check the records against the number/bar code.  Please support this petition to ensure that all pets are given further protection to ensure their safety, whether they get lost or, as in the case of my beautiful cat above, is stolen. Thankyou Lynda Bowyer

Lynda Bowyer
870 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Office of Local Government, Niall Blair MP, Anthony Roberts MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Clover Moore, Tim Hurst, Paul Toole MP

Link Pet Registries Australia wide to prevent theft and loss.

The NSW Pet Registry is not linked to any of the 5 other national pet databases. This means someone could steal your pet and bring it to (or from) NSW and their microchips wouldn’t scan in their new location. With any luck, your pet would end up in a new loving home. But equally, it could end up used as a fighting dog, or as bait, or sold into a puppy mill, or for any number of other awful scenarios. But no matter what, you’d be left heartbroken. A real life example… In 2013, whilst living in Melbourne, my girlfriend and I rescued the two most amazing dogs in the world. A Husky named Cali and a Labrador named Snickers. I registered them and paid the adoption fees, and they came to live with me for good. In 2015, life took us to Sydney. But a year later, my ex and I split up. At first we shared the dogs, but then my ex changed her mind and I haven’t seen them in 10 months and counting. I’m now facing legal bills in the tens of thousands to win them back through the courts, and it’s something that could have been avoided.  You might be wondering how this happened, since I paid for them and they’re registered to me... Well, just a few days after we split up, my ex went down to the local council and re-registered the dogs in her name. They already had microchips with my information, but the NSW registry doesn’t link to any other database in Australia. It’s the only one that doesn’t. So when their chips failed to return any information, she simply pretended they had never been registered before, and that I didn’t exist, even though both dogs had been officially mine throughout the rest of Australia since 2013. She wasn’t even asked for a change of ownership form. It was negligent of the council not to ask why an 8 and a 5 year old dog had chips that had “not been activated", but moreover it’s a failure of the system that their chips didn’t scan correctly. This is exactly what micro chipping is meant to protect against! How is it possible that the registries are not linked? Please sign this petition to have Pet Registries (in particular the NSW Pet Register) linked Australia wide effective immediately. Protect your pets from loss/theft.

Ben McPhee
2,599 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Michael Gove

Justice for Cats Killed by Dogs

On the 19th September 2017, a local dog escaped and killed my beloved cat Maizey in our garden. She was 9 years old and could not have been a happier, healthier little moggie. She brought unconditional love, joy and laughter to our lives. So as any loving pet owner will understand, losing her in such an abrupt and tragic way left us completely devastated and inconsolable. In fact, we still can't believe that she's gone. We later found out that the dog belonged to a local couple who had only adopted it from a rescue centre 4 days earlier. The couple were polite, but unwilling to take the dog back to the rescue, despite our concerns for our remaining cat and the other neighbourhood cats. I was advised to contact the police and report the dog attack, which I duly did. It was at this point that my decision to start a petition began...... I found that, despite Maizey being killed on our property, she was worth nothing in the eyes of the law. Action would only be taken against the dog owners should multiple attacks occur, at which point it would be grounds for 'anti-social behaviour'. I couldn't help but wonder - Exactly how many more pets need to be attacked before the police will take any kind of action?! This revelation led me to look into the Dangerous Dogs Act (1997). This legislation allows for action to be taken against dog owners should they attack people. I couldn't find mention of attacks on other animals anywhere in the document. I was appalled to realise that trivial malicious damage to my property might result in police action, however a lethal attack on my cat on my property results in exactly nothing. I would like to see the Dangerous Dogs Act amended to include for appropriate action to be taken following an attack on a 'protected animal', especially where an animal is attacked on its own property. It won't bring Maizey back but, as a responsible pet owner and animal sanctuary volunteer, I hope to at least raise awareness of the issue. Please sign and share this with your friends and family. A few more links you might be interested in: Cats.Org article about the 2013 Draft Amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act: Nikki Morgan debates in parliament for the inclusion of dogs in the Dangerous Dogs Act:

Emma Woollen
1,270 supporters