Both major political parties in Britain say they are backing a requirement that pet owners equip their dogs with a microchip for identification.
The microchip would contain a barcode linking to a national database that stores the name, age, breed and health of the pet along with the owner’s address and phone number, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
The chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is placed under an animal’s skin.
Ian Cawsey, vice chairman of the Labor Party, says a microchip law will be at the heart of Labor’s animal welfare proposals.
Andrew Rosindell, the Conservative Party’s animal welfare spokesman, says the requirement will help animal pounds that are overcrowded with strays.
The Dogs Trust charity says during the 12-month period ending in March some 108,000 stray dogs were found in Britain, an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.
Owners who fail to have a chip implanted would face a fine or the possibility of having their pet taken away.