According to the Telegraph, all domestic dogs in Britain will be fitted with microchips carrying the name and address of their owners.

(It is hoped it will reduce the number of strays, the trade in stolen dogs and animal abuse. It’s not a bad idea, as it should help reunite lost pets with their owners, but there are problems. I’m sure the kind of people who steal dogs, or harm or dump their pets, would not have any scruple about removing the chip before doing so, causing the pet even more suffering. Maybe the government should think about linking the chip to a DNA database. Hopefully they won’t consider doing the same to us humans though.)