ICSA: sheep kills underline need for compulsory microchipping of dogs

9th January, 2013

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has renewed its call for the introduction of compulsory microchipping for all dogs, in light of a number of extremely distressing dog attacks on sheep in several parts of the country.  

ICSA sheep committee chairman Paul Brady said, “There has been a worrying number of horrific incidents of dogs killing and seriously injuring sheep, including pregnant ewes, in recent weeks.  Apart from the pain and stress inflicted on the animals, each one of these attacks represents serious distress and financial loss to the farmer involved and it is now beyond doubt that action is needed to address the problem of out-of-control dogs.”

“ICSA has argued several times that the correct solution is to change the legislation, to allow for the introduction of compulsory microchipping of all dogs.  This would also bring our law into line with the law in Northern Ireland, where all dogs must be microchipped.  Microchipping is already used by most responsible dog owners for traceability purposes.  It must be emphasised that this system would need to be backed up by a well-organised central database monitored by a State authority.”

Mr Brady said, “Out-of-control dogs can be highly dangerous in a number of ways.  Apart from the sheep attacks, we heard of several incidents of dogs attacking children last year.  Every year thousands of dogs are put down in pounds across Ireland because their owners cannot be traced.  Microchipping helps local councils and wardens to deal with dangerous dogs which pose a danger to everyone, as well as providing a reliable traceability system.”

“ICSA sees this as the best solution to this highly emotive and distressing problem.  We are confident that those who truly value their pets and working dogs will see this as a progressive initiative, designed to safeguard dogs and prevent distress, injury and death.”