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All Rescue Back Up Contact Details On Microchips Must Remain Registered For Life

Submitted by Dawn Ashley and Sue Williams on Wednesday 30th December 2020

Published on Monday 18th January 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 18th July 2021

Current Signatures: 14,553
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Animals ~ Companies ~ Keeper ~ Keepers ~ Police ~ remain

Petition Action

All Rescue Back Up Contact Details On Microchips Must Remain Registered For Life

Petition Details

Rescue Back Up contact details are registered on microchips to protect animals in times of vulnerability. Rescue organisations & responsible breeders who register their ongoing interest are let down by database companies who are changing and/or removing these details without notification/permission

Additional Information

TuksLaw request

A RBU prefix to be added to databases & remain on the microchip for the lifetime of the animal

No removal of any previous keeper/s without written consent & RBU registration to remain for the lifetime of the animal

Vets/rescues/charities/police must contact RBU registration on the microchip if an animals life is at risk of euthanasia in non emergency situations, seized animals, straying animals & all deceased

Vet practices must register RBU on practice databases


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Government Response

The Government responded to this petition on Thursday 1st April 2021

The Government will consider this issue further as part of the post-implementation review of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 looking at the effectiveness of the current regime.

This Government is committed to high standards of animal welfare, including the welfare of dogs. We are in the process of developing a range of important animal welfare and animal-related measures to strengthen our position as a world leader in this field.

Under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015, it is compulsory for owners to microchip their dogs. These regulations also lay down requirements for standards of microchips and the details to be recorded on databases. While some databases offer the possibility of recording Rescue Back Up contact details, it is not a legal requirement for databases to include this functionality.

The Government recently held a public consultation on cat and dog microchipping and scanning in England. This included questions on whether to introduce measures for compulsory scanning of dogs prior to euthanasia. We are analysing the responses to the consultation and will issue our response later this year.

We are also in the process of conducting the post-implementation review of the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015. This will include a review of how the current database system is working in practice.

We will consider the points raised by this e-petition as part of this review, which we anticipate will report later this year.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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