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PE01588: Scan All Pets Found On Scottish Roads

Rural Affairs

Petitioner: Daisy Harris


Date Lodged: 01 December 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make microchip scanning of all domestic animals found dead or alive on all Scottish roads compulsory.

Petition History:


15 December 2015: The Committee took evidence from Daisy Harris. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, COSLA, the Dogs Trust and the Scottish SPCA. Link to Official Report 15 December 2015

23 February 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the routine scanning of dead pets found on roads is already best practice and the Scottish Government has no plans to make it compulsory. Link to Official Report 23 February 2016

Written Submissions:

It is mandatory to microchip dogs in Scotland.  However it is not mandatory to scan their chips if they are found dead or alive on roads.  In this way, a heartbroken owner may never gain closure over the death of their pet, simply because they believe it to still be alive.  

Im not sure the definition of "pet" how much extra time would it take cleansing to scan all "roadkill".

Julie Carmichael

18:58 on 22 Oct 2015

This would let owners of pets killed on the roads know that they hadn't just strayed. It's awful not knowing what happened to a much loved pet.

Janet Kidd

13:42 on 21 Oct 2015

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