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Belgian Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

We want an animal police in Belgium !

For all animals, great and small. "We cannot change the world, only try to make it better!"
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We would like to ensure that it is possible to trace the whereabouts of a microchip at any given time from the production of the microchip to it being implanted into an animal. Every microchip needs to be distributed in conjunction with an e-passport, so as to ensure its authenticity and prevent fraud.

Checks carried out on existing microchips could be carried out by making use of an interactive programme which allows users to verify and update the information linked to any particular chip. Through the use of this programme, protected by a username and password system, it would be possible for authorised persons to consult and edit the “identity card” of an animal at any time and thus trace its origin, owner and home location.

It is essential that information linked to the chip includes information pertaining to the history of the animal, from birth to the origins of the microchip, for example.
We also ask that it is made compulsory for vets to scan any new animal that enters their surgery for a microchip and carry out a quick check to verify the identity of its owner.

Any deceased animals, found or collected, must also be checked for a microchip. If one is found, this must be registered on the following webpage: www.abiec-bvirh.be. Again, this will help to prevent the anonymous disposal of the carcass in cases where its owner may still be looking for his/her lost pet.
We also ask that checks are carried out in cases where a person or company orders an excessive amount of microchips on any one occasion.

In order to prevent abuse and fraud when editing the information contained on an animal's microchip detail chart, we ask that it is made compulsory for every pet owner to present the following documents when requesting a change to the animal's individual file:

  • A completed form of the document requesting an official change in ownership or change of address, or a death certificate;
  • A copy of the owner's identity card;
  • A copy of the animal's pet passport, which must include the name of the owner;
  • A copy of the official record indicating the change (e.g. relocation) has taken place;
  • Or a copy of a ticket by the police authorities in cases of theft.