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Support For National Database

Media Release
23 October 2003
Support For National Database

New Zealand First says it could support the Government’s proposal to set up and fund a national database for dogs providing some sensible implementation measures are put in place.

“It is essential that a national database is used for all dogs and not just dangerous dogs, as suggested by the local government and environment select committee, because it does not make economic sense to set up an expensive system for a few dogs,” said Local Government spokesperson Jim Peters.

“Before microchipping can advance there are a number of things that must be taken into consideration.

- The national database be one which is funded by the government both for set up and continuing operational costs
- The scanner used by the dog officers must be one that can read a microchip up to two meters away.
- The compliance costs must be similar to the present registration costs.
- The microchip will be a substitute for the collar.
- Local bodies implement dog training and dog-owner education programmes.

“One of the most important factors is to have total support from the local body governments if this is to work,” said Mr Peters.

“New Zealand First has worked to achieve a balance between the rights of responsible dog owners and for the public to feel safe.


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