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I received a mail from a friend today, asking me to sign this petition:

 

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Microchips/?signed=bad2fc7.d53516

 

which aims to force local councils to scan any dead cats found and inform their owners, rather than just disposing of them.

 

The inference is that this obligation already exists with regard to dogs.

 

Does anyone know what the position is regarding pet birds?

 

Apologies for such an unpalatable subject so early in the morning.

 

Debs

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Cats & dogs are treated differently in law .A dog is a domestic animal a cat is not or rather that was the law untill fairly recently when protection of cats & other animals AGAINST CRUELTY was strengthened (not the AWB)

Under the old Law if a dog was killed for any reason e.g. shot for cattle worrying, road traffic accident ,etc. the person(s) were duty bound to make reasonable attempts to contact the owner and claim against the owner for damages incurred . As an extension of this with the advent of chips scanning of dogs became common practice although not always done :( . When the laws on cruelty were extended these provisions were not so scanning of cats is not done .

As for birds that is where the law becomes very grey ,and the RSPCA in line with their policy on trying to ban exotic pets class birds as being captive birds and not as pets the fact that chips are used in birds is probably ignored unless they pass through the hands of some of the better rescues ! Also getting the Law changed in respect of birds may at present be difficult as the Government is sponsored by the ANTI`s

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I think it also goes back to the fact that you used to have a license to own a dog. There is still a requirement to report finding dead/killing on the road, farm animals.

 

Even now, DEFRA only states that the finder of a dead dog (local authority or whomsoever) must attempt to trace the owner, and that where practical the animals should be scanned. There is no definitive obligation to do either.

 

With all other pets, there is no obligation to try and trace the owner. Sad though it is, I can't see this changing simply because of the costs involved.

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I think it also goes back to the fact that you used to have a license to own a dog. There is still a requirement to report finding dead/killing on the road, farm animals.

 

 

Some of the laws on dog ownership predate even the licences and go back to the Medieval Hunting Laws !

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Some of the laws on dog ownership predate even the licences and go back to the Medieval Hunting Laws !

Of course! I forgot about that. :oops:

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I think the law on cats is ridiculous.......a bit off topic i suppose but why is it if my dog leaves a package in the street i must pooper scoop(which btw is what i should do)but my own property can be invaded everyday by local moggies who love my borders as there toilet and spend ages trying to eat my birds.......if i let my 4 dogs do thet in the cat owners gardens i would be prosecuted.........moggie rant over.....carry on

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think the law on cats is ridiculous.......a bit off topic i suppose but why is it if my dog leaves a package in the street i must pooper scoop(which btw is what i should do)but my own property can be invaded everyday by local moggies who love my borders as there toilet and spend ages trying to eat my birds.......if i let my 4 dogs do thet in the cat owners gardens i would be prosecuted.........moggie rant over.....carry on

 

Cats did not used to be classed as domestic animals , and on farm land could be shot as vermin .

It`s only recent laws on animal welfare that have given them protection . The problem is that recent legislation has only modified existing laws , but that on ownership has not been changed so whilest an owner is responsible for the action of his/her dog they are not for his/her cat. :twisted: I know the law is an ass but what we lesser mortals do to change it especially as there are too many cat owners who do not want to take responsibility for the actions of their cats :?:

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I received a mail from a friend today, asking me to sign this petition:

 

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Microchips/?signed=bad2fc7.d53516

 

which aims to force local councils to scan any dead cats found and inform their owners, rather than just disposing of them.

 

The inference is that this obligation already exists with regard to dogs.

 

Does anyone know what the position is regarding pet birds?

 

Apologies for such an unpalatable subject so early in the morning.

 

Debs

Back to the opening post.

Petition signed.

 

I have no idea what the stance is regarding checking found/fallen birds for microchips but I would be interested to know.

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This is a really good point. With so many parrots now been chipped, surely they should be scanned when found, alive or not? But cannot see that being passed as law - unless one of the deciding body is a parrot owner.

 

As for cats - not really under our control the same as dogs are they? I mean HOW can an owner stop their cat s--tting wherever they feel like. Mine specialised in duvets!

 

I don't have cats anymore funnily enough!

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