Story: Farm dogs

Microchip debate

Microchip debate

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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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0001900
Cartoon by Tom Scott

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Clive Dalton, 'Farm dogs - Choosing a farm dog', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/15324/microchip-debate (accessed 7 July 2020)

Story by Clive Dalton, published 24 Nov 2008