From 1 July 2006, microchipping of registered dogs became mandatory in New Zealand. Puppies born after that date must have a tiny scannable device, with a unique number, inserted into the scruff of their neck. The aim is to help identify the owners of lost or stolen dogs, as well as to identify negligent owners, and to keep track of dangerous and menacing dogs as they move around the country. Under the controversial bill, farm working dogs were excluded from the ruling. In this cartoon a farm dog tries to take advantage of that privilege.
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