English authorities will require all dogs to have microchips by 2016

English authorities will require all dogs to have microchips by 2016
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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.

Source: HuffPost