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UK May Mandate Insurance – For Dogs

From a cheering Associated Press:

Britain could force owners to microchip their dogs

By Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press Writer Tue Mar 9

LONDON – British dog owners may be forced to microchip their pets and take out insurance, part of a proposed crackdown on the country’s dangerous canines.

Postmen are delighted, but civil libertarians grumble that Britain’s sprawling surveillance state now wants to track the nation’s estimated 8 million dogs. Others complain that the insurance plan would impose a financial penalty on innocent pet owners — while criminals who own violent animals will simply shirk the law

The government’s proposals are aimed at tackling the growing problem of aggressive canines being used to harass, attack and even kill. In a country where guns are tightly controlled and even carrying a kitchen knife can result in a prison sentence, animal rights experts and politicians say street thugs have turned to dangerous-looking dogs to cow their victims

"It is this sort of behavior that we will not tolerate; it is this sort of behavior that we are determined to stop," he said. In television appearances defending the proposals, he said microchipping would help trace the owners of dogs involved in attacks, while third-party insurance would ensure that victims of dog attacks were properly compensated for any injuries.

Chipping costs between 10 pounds ($15) and 35 pounds ($52), but untangling the price of the insurance is complex.

Most pet insurers offer third-party liability insurance wrapped into larger plans which also cover vet fees, emergency care, and repatriation. Petplan, Britain’s largest pet insurer, said that, for a Labrador in southeast England, such coverage could be purchased for 23 pounds ($34) a month. It said plans would likely be pricier in London.

Sanctions imposed on those who refused to comply weren’t spelled out. But in a local version of the program already in place in south London, public housing tenants who refuse to chip their dogs are in violation of their rental agreement — something that could lead to them being evicted.

The central government’s proposals were largely welcomed by animal welfare groups, including the RSPCA, which said it had long supported chipping — primarily as a means of reuniting lost pets with their owners..

Postal workers and telecom engineers also cheered the proposals, with the Communication Workers Union saying many of its members "are regularly bitten by dogs that have been either left unattended or are simply not under control." …

A host of European countries — including Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Italy and Portugal — have introduced mandatory microchipping rules in the past few years, with nary a raised eyebrow. France requires that some breeds either be chipped or tattooed. Even in countries where the practice isn’t required, cities such as Berlin and Prague demand that dog owners chip their pets.

Mandatory dog insurance, regardless of the breed, is already in place in parts of Germany and Switzerland.

Why not?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “UK May Mandate Insurance – For Dogs”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    Great idea by that government. My two senior, six-pound female Chihuahuas who spend 90% of their time inside the house are a public health hazard should a burglar decide to break into my home and collapse into a stupor by one of their beds. We should have to pay insurance for them. It’s important for public safety after all.

    Now when can we implement a carbon tax for ownership of said pooches? I don’t need the money anyway. And they must save the glaciers.

    Maybe the U.K. can take notes from Iran, which confiscates pet dogs because they were considered dirty by Mohammad. Good for the public health AND public morals.

    After all, bureaucrats know best.

    “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

    The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    – C.S. Lewis

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Another stupid liberal idea to confiscate more money and control one more aspect of life. I’m sure the Brits will vote for it without a second thought.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    A pal took a sick cat to the Animal Emergency Clinic in a nearby town, middle of the night. Upon exam, the cat was dying of something and couldn’t be saved. Euthanised. Cost for this little escapade?


    Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars and change.

    • JohnMG says:

      Now…..if that had been an illegal-alien…. Strike that. If that had been an undocumented-mouser, all that expense would have been covered by the government. I understand it’s not legal to ask to see papers….something about a violation of the right to privacy, blah, blah, blah, blah……….

  4. proreason says:

    We need to implant a microchip in the kinglette so that we can track his whereabouts after he is banned from office with prejudice.

    He won’t go away quietly

  5. JohnMG says:

    When dogs are outlawed, only outlaws will have dogs!

    • wardmama4 says:

      Woof, woof to that!

    • canary says:

      JohnMG: yep. If I end up being forced to get a mean guard dog,
      they can have my dog, when they can pry it away from me with any fingers they might have left from their nearly dead hands.

  6. JohnMG says:

    ….”Mandatory dog insurance, regardless of the breed, is already in place in parts of Germany and Switzerland…..”

    Single-payer provider, I presume?

  7. U NO HOO says:

    Why not?

  8. canary says:

    OFF Subject ADVICE needed? Quality aside is Ford still the more patriotic American made car to buy, inspite of Ford’s federal 5.9 billion loan? My patriotic dad would like conservative principal priority advice in buying a new car. THANKS

    Ford Gets $5.9 Billion to Build Feul-Efficent Cars.

    • proreason says:

      Ford is still an independent company and the corporate headquarters is in the US. Ford employs a lot of UAW workers, and the UAW is led by anti-American communists/socialists. Ford also has a lot of overseas operations.

      GM and Chrysler are owned by the government which runs them so the UAW can suck the blood out of our country. Both of them also have a lot of overseas operations.

      Manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan, Honda (and probably others) employ large numbers of people in the US, but are headquartered in Japan.

      From a “patriotic” perspective, Ford is clearly number one. After that, it depends on whether or not you think fascism is patriotic.

      Personally, since the UAW is still a major presence at Ford, I would buy a Toyota, NIssan or Honda, but for most conservatives who want to make a patriotic statement, Ford is probably the way to go.

  9. canary says:

    Pro, thanks, I’ve already pointed him to going foreign, but cost, aside that we can’t find many left, being a patriotic state I guess, or people figuring out Ford’s
    are junk & GM too.
    Steve, thanks. I’ll print that out too. Grrr. And the slick car dealers are like
    dealing with Obamapelosies.

  10. Mithrandir says:

    Why not? We are going to have mandatory health insurance, why not GPS chip humans too?

    *People with Alzheimer’s can be identified.
    *Children will never be abducted or lost.
    *We can see where federal and state employees are at all times, and if they are wasting time/money.
    *Sex offenders! Perfect, we should see where they are all the time too, to be safe you know.
    *Grandma’s gettin’ old, better put a chip in her.
    *Inmates can get parole if they opt for a GPS implant.
    *Suspected terrorists, chip them, see where they go.
    *Repeat illegal immigrants, see if they come back in.

    Let’s just chip and track EVERYONE / ANYTHING for ANY REASON.

    The New World Order of the Bible’s Revelations is easily within reach—-SUCKERS!

    • Right of the People says:

      Sign of the beast for sure. Get a chip or you can’t buy sell or trade anything.

      My daughter lives in the UK and I can’t get her to admit that they have problems. I don’t know where I went wrong. She’ll love this if she has to put chips in her two cats.

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