Closed petition Vets to scan prior to euthanasia for Rescue Back up and confirm keeper details

A healthy young dog with RBU was euthanised. The person who requested euthanasia was not the registered keeper.

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Vets must be legally required to scan for rescue back up contact details on microchips and confirm the person presenting the animal is registered on the microchip. Rescue Back Up must be contacted and honoured

Tuks Law request vets:

Scan microchips prior to euthanising a healthy/treatable animal.

Confirm keeper details on original database of unknown animals presented for euthanasia.

Seek alternative options in non life threatening/non emergency situations.

If an unsubstantiated reason for euthanasia is made corroborating evidence is required.

On government endorsed databases a prefix is to be added to microchips to identify dual registration of rescue animals.

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Government responded

This response was given on 7 May 2020

The Government understands the distress that the death of a pet can cause and is considering scanning requirements, as part of the Post Implementation Review of the microchipping regulations.

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We agree that no dog should be put down unless there are extenuating reasons for having to do so.

Paragraphs 8.9 and 8.10 of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Code of Conduct provides advice to vets on euthanizing animals when the owner is not present. A link to the RCVS’ Code of Conduct can be found here:

https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/advice-and-guidance/code-of-professional-conduct-for-veterinary-surgeons/supporting-guidance/euthanasia-of-animals/

Every responsible dog owner wants to ensure their pet is safe and microchips are often the only hope of finding dogs that are lost or stolen. It is a legal requirement for all owners to microchip their dogs, and to enter the details onto a database. Since compulsory microchipping for dogs came into force in 2016, we have seen a clear drop in the number of stray dogs on the streets and an increase in the number of lost or stolen pets reunited with their owners.

British Veterinary Association (BVA) best practice is that vets should scan dogs on first presentation at their practice, and at other regular intervals including prior to euthanasia, where euthanasia is deemed the appropriate course of action by the veterinary expert. BVA’s website sets out their position on scanning:

https://www.bva.co.uk/News-campaigns-and-policy/Policy/Companion-animals/Microchipping/

The guidance includes advice on what a vet should do if the details of the person presenting the dog are different to what is recorded on the database, and what to do when stray or lost animals are brought to the practice by checking the microchipping databases in order to reunite the animal with their owner.

Although the Government considers that advice from BVA and RCVS provides veterinary professionals with helpful guidance on conducting appropriate scanning, the Government is considering proposals for the compulsory scanning of dogs before euthanasia by vets as part of the ongoing Post Implementation Review of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

This is a revised response. The Petitions Committee requested a response which more directly addressed the request of the petition. You can find the original response towards the bottom of the petition page (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300025)

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Original Government response

Advice from BVA and RCVS provides vets with guidance on when to scan dogs and we will consider reform options as part of the Post Implementation Review of the microchipping regulations.

We agree that no dog should be put down unless there are extenuating reasons for having to do so.

Paragraphs 8.9 and 8.10 of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Code of Conduct provides advice to vets on euthanizing animals when the owner is not present. A link to the RCVS’ Code of Conduct can be found here:
https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/advice-and-guidance/code-of-professional-conduct-for-veterinary-surgeons/supporting-guidance/euthanasia-of-animals/

Every responsible dog owner wants to ensure their pet is safe and microchips are often the only hope of finding dogs that are lost or stolen. It is a legal requirement for all owners to microchip their dogs, and to enter the details onto a database. Since compulsory microchipping for dogs came into force in 2016, we have seen a clear drop in the number of stray dogs on the streets and an increase in the number of lost or stolen pets reunited with their owners.

British Veterinary Association (BVA) best practice is that vets should scan dogs on first presentation at their practice, and at other regular intervals including prior to euthanasia, where euthanasia is deemed the appropriate course of action by the veterinary expert. BVA’s website sets out their position on scanning:
https://www.bva.co.uk/News-campaigns-and-policy/Policy/Companion-animals/Microchipping/

The guidance includes advice on what a vet should do if the details of the person presenting the dog are different to what is recorded on the database, and what to do when stray or lost animals are brought to the practice by checking the microchipping databases in order to reunite the animal with their owner.

The Government considers that advice from BVA and RCVS provides veterinary professionals with helpful guidance on conducting appropriate scanning and to protect the welfare of dogs. Ministers will continue to emphasise the importance of vets scanning pet animals when they are first presented to their surgery.

The Government is also considering proposals for the scanning of dogs by vets as part of the ongoing Post Implementation Review of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

This response was given on 23 March 2020. The Petitions Committee then requested a revised response, that more directly addressed the request of the petition.

Petitions Committee requests update from Government on work on microchipping of animals

The Chair of the Petitions Committee has written to the Government to ask for an update on its work on the microchipping of dogs and cats.

In its responses to two petitions about this issue, the Government talked about a Post Implementation Review of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, and a consultation on cat microchipping. The letter asks for an update on the outcome of this work.

We'll let you know when we receive a response to this letter.

Read the full letter here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/2350/documents/23125/default/

Follow the Committee on Twitter for updates on our work on this issue and others: https://www.twitter.com/hocpetitions

Who is the Petitions Committee?

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You can find out more about the Petitions Committee and its work on our website: http://www.parliament.uk/petitions-committee/role

Government responds to request for an update on its work on microchipping pets

The Petitions Committee has today published a letter from George Eustice MP, Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This was in response to the Committee’s request for an update on the Government’s work on the microchipping of pets, and in particular the Post Implementation Review (PIR) of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

In response, the Secretary of State says that the Government hopes to complete the review by the end of this year, including a consultation on cat microchipping in the next three months.

You can read the response in full here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/2678/documents/26592/default/

You can find the original letter to the Secretary of State here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/2350/documents/23125/default/

Follow the Committee on Twitter for updates on our work on this issue and others: https://www.twitter.com/hocpetitions

James Daly MP introduces proposed law on the scanning of animals

James Daly MP has introduced a proposed law in the House of Commons that would require vets to scan microchips for owner and rescue back-up details before euthanising a healthy animal, as called for in this petition.

The proposed law was introduced as a Private Members Bill under what is known as the 'ten minute rule'. The ten minute rule allows a backbench MP to make his or her case for a new Bill in a speech lasting up to ten minutes. An opposing speech may also be made before the House decides whether or not the Bill should be introduced. If the MP is successful the Bill is taken to have had its first reading.

The ten minute rule provides an opportunity for an MP who is not a Government Minister to make the case for a new law, or a change to an existing one, in the hope of building support from other MPs across the House of Commons.

Watch: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/0009adeb-326b-4d99-bb7c-53719ca09d61?in=14:43:49&out=14:53:25

Find out more about Private Members Bills: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/bills/private-members/