Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has backed Cats Protection’s campaign for compulsory microchipping of owned cats, calling for a change in the law.
The campaign has been welcomed by Stephen McPartland MP, who said, “It’s a pleasure to support Cats Protection and I’m delighted to back its campaign for compulsory microchipping of cats, so they are treated the same as dogs.
“Astonishingly almost two thirds of all cats in shelters have no microchips, which makes it very difficult to reunite them with their owners.”
Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations said, “Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, and is already compulsory for dogs. This should now be extended to ensure all owned cats are microchipped, giving them the same level of protection.
Microchipping is a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owner should they go missing. It means lost cats are not mistaken as strays and unnecessarily rehomed by animal charities.