February 20, 2019
Please note a submission I presented to the FCI European Section Committee of which I am a member. They have agreed to send it to all European Kennel Clubs to encourage and assist them in lobbying local MEP’s to influence decisions within the EU.
Thanks to Jim Stephens for his invaluable assistance.
The FCI European Section considers that introduction of Micro chipping standardisation across Europe is a first and vital step in many issues that face dogs interaction and impact on the entire EU Community.
A European wide standardised micro chip based identification system would have a positive benefit for individuals, animals and sections of society. The European population is aging and the numbers of vulnerable people increasing. The role of dogs as companion animals and their roles as assistance dogs have long been recognised as a positive contribution to wider society by the European Union. The impact of a standardised microchipping system would help further health and welfare initiatives as well as combating consumer fraud and illegal smuggling by criminal gangs.
Jim Stephens MSc. PGCE BA Hons., Behaviour Consultant & Chair IKC Health and Welfare Committee
Listed below are a number of areas that would be positively affected by this being implemented.
Impact on Public Health and safety
A positive link to Identification though Micro chipping with health records and vaccination status of the individual animal would help safeguard the public against various contagious zoonoses such as Rabies.
Access rights for people with Disabilities and Elderly
Linked to national or international database an ID chip can identify legitimate Assistance dogs from “rogue” dogs and handlers.
Chip could be used to allow or deny access to areas from which the dog is taken e.g. Public Park unless a precondition is met such as a licence fee paid or a level of training / socialabilty has been attained.