I was recently the victim of a dog theft. In order to reduce future dog thefts, and assist with the recovery of stolen dogs I would like to legalise the freeze branding of dogs. Microchipping and Ear Tattooing are excellent ways of identifying lost/stray dogs. But they cannot be seen if you are not specifically looking for them. I believe that a large easily identifiable freeze mark would act as a theft deterrent. It would also greatly assist in making the stolen dog 'too hot to handle'.
I have set up an e-Petition at the following link.
I would also like members to write to their local MP. I have written a sample letter and attached a link to the website to find your local MP.
You can find your local MP here:
Copy and paste the below and send it to them as an email or letter.
Dear (insert MPs Title and Surname)
I am concerned about the nubmer of dogs being stolen in the UK. I believe it is rising rapidly. Mircochipping and ear tattooing are excellent means of identifying dogs which are lost or stray. However, a member on a public who sees a dog walking down the street will not be able to tell if it is microchipped or has an ear tattoo. I think that the freeze marking of dogs (as is done to cattle and horses) would be an excellent way of permenatly identifying dogs in a clearly visible manner. This would act as a theft deterrent and make it easier for stolen dogs to become 'too hot to handle'. As a member of your constituency I am asking you to work towards changing the Permitted Mutilations Regulations (2007) to allow freeze marking of dogs. Please send any correspondence to the following address;
(insert your name and address)
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
It is vital that you include your name and address or the MP will ignore the email as they will only respond to people in their constituency.
I am a private individual who wishes to change this law as I think that I could have a positive effect on the number of dogs being stolen and the number of dogs recovered. I am not affiliated to any freeze marking company, or any other company.
If you have any questions or require any more information please don't hesitate to contact me on this thread or via PM. Thank you for your support with this matter. I will also post this in the Deer Dogs forum to increase visibility.