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All cats may have to be microchipped under new plans

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The compulsory microchipping of cats in Wales is one idea unveiled by Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths as part of plans to raise standards of pet care in Wales. Dogs already have to be microchipped.

Work will also get underway to explore what veterinary provision, assistance and advice is available to people who need help in caring for their pets, possibly at times of illness or emergency, such as fleeing from a violent household.

Third party sales of animals could also be banned to tackle illegal import of puppies.

As a Government, animal welfare is a priority for us. In Wales, we pride ourselves on having excellent animal welfare standards and expect everyone to reflect this by being responsible owners.

We have introduced a number of pieces of legislation in recent years which underlines our commitment to continue improving standards of animal health and welfare in Wales.

In Wales, we demand high standards from our licensed breeders and sourcing a healthy puppy which can be seen with its mother, or rehoming an animal from a reputable Animal Welfare Establishment, is the first, fundamental step towards being a responsible owner. Yet the illegal importation of puppies, driven by huge demand, continues to be a problem.

I believe the potential banning of third party sales is worthy of investigation and I will be discussing options with officials to take this forward.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs

We welcome this strong focus placed on enhancing companion animal welfare in Wales - from primates, to exotics, cats, greyhounds, and more.

The Welsh Government's continued and on-going support for animal sentience to be fully reflected in law, following Brexit, is also very welcome.

– Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru assistant director of external relations