States vet calls for all Guernsey’s horses and cats to be microchipped

It could be compulsory for cats and horses in Guernsey to be micro-chipped if a plan by the States vet is approved.


David Chamberlain is working with the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) to see whether the plan could be introduced.

The call follows legislation in the UK for all dogs to be chipped.

Mr Chamberlain said stray cats and horses were Guernsey’s biggest animal problem and microchipping would help.

A survey by microchipping company, Petlog and supported by the GSPCA in 2009, found Guernsey had one of the highest proportion of cats in the UK.

It found there were about 14,000 cats in the island, which has a population of about 62,700 people.
The UK Government announced last week that all dogs staying in the country for more than 30 days would have to be microchipped as of April 2016.

Mr Chamberlain hopes a public consultation will eventually lead to a law change.

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