Chip­ping of dogs due next April

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU -

A NEW law which may re­duce sheep wor­ry­ing could be in place in Wales by the spring.

Draft reg­u­la­tions on the com­pul­sory mi­crochip­ping of dogs in Wales have been laid be­fore the Welsh Assem­bly.

They will be de­bated in Ple­nary on Oc­to­ber 20 with a view to an April 2016 im­ple­men­ta­tion.

This is in line with the date planned for sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion in Eng­land and Scot­land.

As well as syn­chro­nis­ing the chip­ping timetable, Welsh Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been as­sess­ing the need to har­monise cross-bor­der stan­dards with Eng­land.

Deputy farm­ing min­is­ter Re­becca Evans said: “It is firmly be­lieved that com­pul­sory mi­crochip­ping will have a pos­i­tive im­pact.... and en­cour­age more re­spon­si­ble own­er­ship.”

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