Finland has launched a new digital dog registry with the goal of ensuring that all dogs in the country have a microchip implanted by the end of the year. While some pet owners have expressed concerns about the move, it is intended to promote animal welfare and prevent theft and trafficking.
The microchip will store information about the dog’s ownership and medical history, which will enable veterinarians to provide better care and treatment. In addition, the registry will be used to report diseases and measures that affect breeding.
Registration for the system will be required by next year, and failure to register may result in penalties for owners. While responsible pet owners who have already registered their pets with the Finnish Kennel Club may be frustrated by this requirement, it is not new since half a million dogs in the country are already microchipped.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Decree 68/2022, all dogs born after January 1, 2023, must be microchipped and registered within three months of birth, and those born before that date must be registered by December 31, 2023. Additionally, dogs arriving from other countries must be microchipped and registered within four weeks of arrival.
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to obtain the microchip and identification certificate. The Finnish Food Authority will issue a tender for maintaining the register and providing customer service for animal keepers to ensure that the register data is up-to-date and user-friendly.
Finland’s efforts to microchip all dogs in the country will enhance animal welfare and deter theft and trafficking. While the move has garnered some criticism, it is not unprecedented, given the number of dogs that are already microchipped. The Finnish Food Authority will oversee the register to ensure that it remains current and easy to use.