As the title suggests I am going to Parliament in October with SOFA the group of school children who are trying to make microchipping compulsory......
Funnily enough I just recieved this link below from Number 10 in response to a similar petition known as Dollys Directive which wanted to make it a requirement for every organisation coming into contact with dogs to check for permanent ID.
As expected it was a woolly answer that basically says no they wont consider it. Interestingly one of their points was cost to smaller organisations/charities to purchase the scanning equipment. Now I admit to knowing not much at all really , but I would have thought the cost of keeping dogs in kennels, cost to the local authority etc would far outweigh the £80-£100 it costs for a scanner???
I think we are pretty much going to get the same stock answer from Downing Street on SOFA petition too so we are going to really do our research and cover these points in the Q&A session they are letting us have.... Can anyone help with any facts and figures or really good 'for' arguments - especially any of the smaller rescues so they cant use you as an excuse.....can you think of any negatives so we can try and be prepared for those too. The school children are really trying to do their homework beforehand so they will be taken seriously!
I know this link has been posted already but if anyone hasn't signed please do and forward to as many people as possible. To really be taken seriously SOFA needs 20,000 sigs to be able to present to Gordon Brown. At the moment there are only 2,400 + which means it goes to a local MP.... Thanks so much