Mandatory Microchipping Vetoed

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Friday which would have mandated the microchipping of cats and dogs.

Posted: October 17, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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The bill, S.B. 702, would have prohibited “any public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group from releasing to an owner seeking to reclaim his or her dog or cat, or selling or giving away to a new owner, a dog or cat that has not been microchipped,” according to the legislative counsel’s digest.

In his veto message, Brown said, “Under current law, local agencies and shelters can – and should – require animals to be microchipped before being released. There is no need for state law to mandate the procedure, which would then require the state to pay for it.”

The bill was introduced in February by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). It passed by a margin of 32-6 in the Senate in May, and 50-23 in the Assembly in August. The governor’s veto can be overturned by a two-thirds vote in both houses.



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Diana   Cleveland, OH

10/18/2011 10:58:08 PM

I am totally against microchipping an animal. First, it is a foreign object that you are putting in their body,so it can be rejected by the body, cause an infection, and cause cancer. Secondly, what it the real reason for wanting to microchip these animals, and I mean the real reason behind this, not some made up story for the public. Thirdly, it is more government control and I am totally against that.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

10/18/2011 7:08:39 PM

Thanks for the article. I think it is a good idea to get animals microchipped, but I can understand the concern about the costs.

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