England is requiring all dogs to be microchipped by 2016


A law in England is now requiring all dogs to be microchipped by April of 2016. The chip is for identification purposes, and would allow lost pets to be reunited with their owners. It will use RFID technology, and contain a 15 digit code — 3 digits serve as a country identifier, along with a 12-digit  unique serial number.

A database which will store all the information will also allow pet owners to have their address and contact information tied to their pets. Lost animals would then only needed to be scanned, and from there their owners would just need to be found or contacted. Interestingly, the law does not include cats, with the reasoning being that they’re more territorial in nature. Meaning, your cats would be less likely to leave the home and not return.

The Verge mentions that having chips inserted into your pets, which are around the size of a grain of rice, is already pretty common in the UK and is actually recommended by veterinarians. Hopefully this practice, along with this new law, will greatly reduce the number of missing pets each year.

[via The Guardian, The Verge, image via skycaptaintwo]

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  • Mags

    @BGM: I think your concern is justified.

    While right now it is just rumors and speculation, microchipping humans may not be that far off in the future.

    As the rumor goes, it is going to go under the pretense of replacing cash, debit and credit cards. I won’t deal with all the other rumored implications of that.

    Just remember right now this is just rumors and speculation!

  • etim

    @BGM: Then we can do Grandpa and my stoner cousins.

  • BGM

    Don’t worry, folks, you would only get cancer if you live in California.

    My concern would be that if there be a law to require this for pets, it is only a matter of time until there is a law that requires your children to be chipped so they can go to school.

  • Enrique

    @Mags: Thanks for all the info guys! I have a bunch of dogs myself, but none of them are microchipped or tattooed. Might look into it one of these days.

  • Mags

    @dar: Thanks for that info.

    However, I don’t think all microchips can cause cancer in animals. But then again, I’m in Canada and things could be different here.

    I have 2 dogs, both of which are microchiped, and both are very healthy.

    When you adopt an animal here in Canada from an animal shelter or rescue organization they are microchiped, plus come with all their initial shots. That is where I adopted my 2 dogs.

    There is another alternative to use if one does not want microchips.


    BTW, I use both methods.

    And one final method, however, I don’t think that this practice is still in use. That involves placing a number tattoo inside the animals ear.

    Both dogs I originally had years ago, before microchipping was available, were tattooed. It is recommended that this be done when a dog undergoes surgery. Or if no surgery then the dog must be put under to have the tattoo done, so it is expensive to get done.

  • dar

    the dark side:
    Animal microchips linked to causing cancer
    October 20, 2010 by: Ethan A. Huff