Microchip strategy proposed for UK pets, humans next

A stray dog fearing the new microchip strategy

All dogs in Britain will be fitted with microchips which contain their owner’s details, under cross party plans designed to track family pets.

Owners will be forced to install the microchip containing a barcode that can store their pet’s name, breed, age and health along with their own address and phone number.

The barcode’s details would then be stored on a national database which local councils could access in a bid to easily identify an owner’s pet.

The new scheme, supported by the Tories and Labour, is designed to curb the trade in stolen dogs, prevent the use of animals in anti-social or violent incidents and reduce the record number of stray dogs being found on British streets.

If an owner failed to insert a chip, at an estimated cost of about £10, they could be fined or face the possibility of having their pet taken away.

Read “All dogs to be microchipped with owner’s details to ‘help track pets'” in The Telegraph. Here’s the Big Pharma strategy for humans:

Patients will be fitted with a microchip in their shoulder to remind them to take their medicine, under a new scheme being developed by a drugs company.

Older people will be given pills containing a harmless microchip that sends a signal to the chip in the shoulder when the pill is taken.

But if the pill is not taken by the forgetful patient, the chip in the shoulder will then send a text to a carer or the patient to remind them.

Swiss pharmaceutical group Norvatis is developing the electronic pill that it hopes will reduce the number of patients who have to be supervised taking their medicine.

Joe Jiminez, head of pharmaceuticals at Novartis, said tests of the ‘chip in the pill’ to a shoulder receiver chip had been carried out on 20 patients.

Read “Forgetful patients to be fitted with microchips to remind them to take their pills” in The Daily Mail.

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