All dogs in England will have to be fitted with microchips by 2016, authorities have said, those who refuse could end up with a find of up to £500. Britain's Environment Department says that the chips will help reunite owners with lost of stolen pets, promote animal welfare and take pressure off animal shelters. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said in a statement:
"It's a shame that in a nation of dog lovers, thousands of dogs are roaming the streets or stuck in kennels because the owner cannot be tracked down,"
"Microchipping is a simple solution that gives peace of mind to owners."
Chips are already compulsory in Northern Ireland, Scotland has no such rule and Wales is considering the same move as England.