Hunt staff willing to microchip hounds

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Hunt staff have stated that they will switch from identifying hounds by ear tattoos to microchipping if required to do so by law.

The hunting members of staff have said that once people have been trained to carry out the procedure, the price of a microchip will be just a few pounds.

Earlier this month, environment minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach told peers that a "package of measures" would be announced soon surrounding the issue of responsible dog ownership.

Tim Bonner of the Hunting Office told the Horse and Hound that the group had been monitoring moves towards compulsory microchipping in Westminster and were prepared if legislation is eventually passed.

"Moving from tattoo-based ear marking to microchipping hounds will not be difficult. There are practical advantages, as tattoos can become illegible after a few years and there is no link to a national register," he continued.

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