The Chairman of the ICMSA’s Sheep Committee, Mr. Denis Carroll, has welcomed proposals by Minister Coveney to introduce mandatory micro-chipping of dogs. Mr. Carroll stated that ICMSA are in favor of mandatory micro-chipping of dogs to ensure accountability and traceability and the Association believes Minister Coveney must introduce the necessary legislation as soon as possible.
Mr. Carroll stated that the distress and damage that arises from attacks by marauding dogs on farm livestock, particularly sheep, is significant. This is a particular problem – although not exclusively – around lambing time. One of the main problems associated with attacks is that farmers or Dog Wardens are unable to identify the owners of these dogs. ICMSA believes that dog owners must do everything possible to prevent such attacks as uncontrolled dogs can decimate a flock in a very short period.
“One of the key issues with micro-chipping is that owner details are registered and held on a secure database and are updated regularly. If owner details are not registered to the micro-chip then it will be impossible to locate the owner. Undoubtedly the cost to the dog owner of this measure will be a factor and ICMSA believes that Minister Coveney must negotiate with the Veterinary Council of Ireland to ensure a reduced cost micro-chipping service is provided by their members”, said Mr Carroll.
Mr. Carroll concluded by stating that for responsible pet owners micro-chipping offers the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you. If you want to improve your pet's chances of getting home, micro-chipping is the best option.
Ends. 28 March 2013.
Denis Carroll, 087-2225432
Chairman, ICMSA Sheep Committee
Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758
ICMSA Press Office