The Government has confirmed a short consultation on how to introduce more comprehensive microchipping of dogs. The move, part of a wider package of measures designed to clamp down on dangerous animals, had been called for by major animal charities, including the RSPCA.

DEFRA minister Jim Paice (left) explained that compulsory microchipping could help tackle the problem of irresponsible owners and ease the overwhelming number of strays that are put down when an owner cannot be identified.

The rest of this article appears in the 2nd May issue of Shooting Times.

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