It’s too late for Britons to learn the lesson, but the lesson is there anyway. From the Daily Mail: “Government plans to microchip puppies will not stop dog attacks and could penalise millions of law-abiding owners.”
Ministers insist the plans, which were formally announced yesterday, will make it easier for the police to trace the owners of violent dogs and ensure they can be prosecuted for failing to keep them under control.
But animal campaigners warned that the plans would be impossible to enforce and would do nothing to tackle the problem of irresponsible owners of vicious dogs who will ignore the law.
They say owners of gentle breeds such as poodles and golden retrievers will dutifully pay up to have the chips installed under the skin, while breeders of rottweilers and pit bull terriers will continue to evade the law.