Sometimes the logic of lawmakers eludes me.
From the BBC: To solve the problem of dog bites, a proposed law in Britain would require newborn puppies to be microchipped so that a dangerous dog can be traced back to the owner to be held accountable.
Once again lawmakers are penalizing the millions of law abiding citizens by requiring them to pay for microchipping puppies while the criminals and irresponsible will disregard the law.
How will it be possible to enforce this? Will a puppy gestapo go door to door seeking out lactating mother dogs?
The Dangerous Dog Act of 1991 was supposed to get rid of dangerous dog breeds, but millions were spent unsuccessfully trying to enforce it. Innocent dogs and heartbroken owners suffered under the law, but dog bites continued.
The more unenforceable laws we have, the less respect people have for laws.
Most dog bites take place in the home or yard where the dog lives. Bites also happen at the homes of friends, neighbors, or relatives where the question of dog ownership is not an issue.
Microchips are only as accurate as the data they contain. They are not a sure way to track down an owner of a dog. People move and forget or don’t bother to update the information. Someone could easily claim that the dog had run away or been stolen.
Does anyone think that a person who breeds and trains vicious dogs will comply with the law? Or that an owner of a vicious dog running loose has made sure the dog is microchipped and the data is kept up to date?
Show of hands?