Nanette Milne MSP has welcomed the move by the UK Conservative Government to change the law to introduce compulsory micro-chipping of dogs in England and Wales.
The North East MSP has called on SNP Ministers to follow suit and look to introduce a similar change in the law prior to the law-change in England which will require all dogs south of the border to be microchipped, by law, from April 6, 2016.
The Animal Welfare Act will be amended to reflect the change to compulsory microchipping by April 2016.
Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said: “Every year more than 100,000 dogs are dumped across the UK at a cost of £57 million to the taxpayer and animal welfare charities.
“It is hoped that the microchipping scheme which has been announced by the UK Conservative Government will prove successful in reuniting owners with lost or stolen pets as well as relieving the pressure on animal charities, rehoming centres and local authorities, and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.
“There have been specific issues relating to puppy farms and the cross-border movement of dogs. I am concerned that this may become a greater problem if Scotland is left as the only part of the United Kingdom which does not require the compulsory microchipping of dogs.
“I hope that the SNP Scottish Government will look to follow the positive progressed made by the UK Conservative Government and introduce a similar change in the law in Scotland as soon as possible and prior to the law change in England taking effect in 2016.
“I will be seeking urgent discussions with SNP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead MSP and if SNP Ministers will not act I will consider bringing forward a Private Members Bill to the Scottish Parliament to seek cross-party support for the introduction of compulsory micro-chipping of dogs in Scotland.”