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Labour set to U-turn on microchipping farm dogs

Hon David Carter MP
National Party Agriculture Spokesman
16 March 2006

Labour set to U-turn on microchipping farm dogs

Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton has revealed that the Government may exempt farm working dogs from new microchipping requirements, says National Agriculture spokesman David Carter.

Mr Anderton told Morning Report today that the Government would ‘have another look’ at the issue, and that ‘in my view there is a case to be put for exempting farm dogs’.

Mr Carter says this statement contradicts that given to Parliament on Tuesday by Associate Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta, when she dismissed any suggestion that farm working dogs should be exempt.

“If the Government does exempt farm working dogs, it represents a hat-trick of U-turns on unpopular policies that Labour has proposed which would have hit rural communities hard,” Mr Carter says.

“First there was the fart tax backdown, then the carbon tax was axed, and now the Government looks like it will U-turn on its ridiculous plan to microchip farm working dogs.

“Farmers already face declining incomes, and are already saddled with numerous compliance costs.

“Microchipping would have loaded yet another unwanted cost on them for little or no purpose.

“I look forward to Mr Anderton getting the Cabinet to agree that this ludicrous proposal should be axed.”

ENDS

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