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National Companion Animal Organization Voices Opposition to Microchip Rule That Would Endanger the Lives of Millions of American Pets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2006

Nashville, TN--
The American Microchip Advisory Council for Animals (AMACA), composed of professional animal care givers, veterinarians and microchip user groups has voiced opposition to a proposed rule by the USDA, which would require the use of a microchip that is incompatible with the system used in the United States.

"This could adversely affect millions of American pets that have been microchipped or will be microchipped in the future", says AMACA member veterinarian, Dr. Philip Wagenknecht.

The Council represents the interests of companion animal and horse owners by offering an electronic forum at AmacaUSA.org for user groups who depend upon the extensive microchip recovery system in the United States. The tiny rice-sized microchip is used in millions of pets and horses and can save the life of an animal lost or displaced after a disaster or one who simply wanders from home.

Many shelters and rescue organizations microchip 100% of pets adopted, and thousands of veterinarians offer the service to their clients. More than 1200 calls each day are placed by veterinary hospitals, humane societies, rescues, animal control and other AMACA members who are using the microchip number to reunite pets with their owners.

Microchip numbers are maintained in pet recovery databases that work together to provide the information necessary for animal care providers to quickly reunite lost or displaced pets with their families, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The identification system has grown rapidly since 1996 when microchip manufacturers complied with compatibility requests from veterinary and shelter organizations. Since that time, scanners used in recovery efforts have been able to read all chips used in America, regardless of manufacturer.

In the wake of numerous disasters such as Katrina, the California wildfires, east coast floods, and heartland tornadoes, AMACA has become the 'Voice for Microchip Users' who want to safeguard and enhance the system so many now depend upon.

AMACA members form the infrastructure of the current practice of microchipping pets and horses in this country. The organization has voiced opposition to a proposed rule that is being considered by USDA, set out in APHIS Docket 2006-0012. This proposed rule would require an incompatible change in the microchip frequency in America.

For more info about AMACA, visit www.AmacaUSA.com


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