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Greens decide "all dogs or no dogs"

2 May 2006

Greens decide "all dogs or no dogs"

The Green Party has reached a decision that microchipping dogs will not reduce attacks on children, stock and wildlife.

Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says: "The caucus, this morning, delayed making a final decision while we waited for further evidence the Government had promised to show the microchipping would improve safety.

"We were not convinced by the evidence offered this afternoon, and if there is any opportunity to vote to remove the microchipping requirement for all dogs, we will do so.

"We have considered the National Party's position to exempt farm dogs, but decided this would be totally unfair," Ms Fitzsimons says.

"Dogs are dogs whether they live on the farms or not and the Green Party position is based on the principle of 'all dogs or no dogs".

"Microchipping is either effective for preventing dog attacks and should be required for all dogs, or it is not, and shouldn't be required for any.

"We will therefore be voting against any amendment to specifically exempt particular dogs, but for any proposal to remove microchipping altogether."

ENDS

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