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Auckland gives low priority response to dog chips

Auckland gives low priority response to dog micro-chipping

The Green Party today welcomed today's decision by the Auckland City Council's Planning and Regulatory Committee to assign a low priority to implementing the dog micro-chipping law.

A motion moved by Councillor Cathy Casey - and passed by the Committee this morning - asked "that the relevant Minister be advised that the Auckland City Council believes the new dog micro-chipping law is unnecessary, unfair and compliance will be costly and difficult and that Council assigns a low priority to its enforcement."

"The Committee rightly criticised the law as costly and unfair. It wisely demoted dog micro-chipping to a low council priority, deciding instead to build on the real advances being made in getting all dogs registered," Auckland Green MP Keith Locke says.

"The micro-chipping law is becoming a debacle, now that councils are starting to resist its implementation. The government should now bow to popular feeling and consider rescinding the legislation. It is an unnecessary imposition on local bodies."

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