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Scotland's top pets page; LAWS WILL GO TO THE DOGS.

By now, you may well be fed up with reading and hearing about Britain's six-month quarantine laws.

You will probably be convinced that by the year 2000, these laws - which have been in force since 1897 - will have been abolished.

That might indeed be the case.

Thanks to the high-level intervention of politicians like Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten - who is due to bring his two Highland Terriers, Whisky and Soda, back to the UK next year - I believe quarantine regulations will soon be relaxed, despite continued opposition by the Ministry of Agriculture.

But that is not the only change I expect to hit dog owners.

Owning a dog in Britain is still virtually unregulated in any way. On the continent, it is a very different story.

In many countries, every dog must be registered and permanently identified with a tattoo or microchip.

If found out and about, not on a lead and especially without its identification disc, then it will often be swiftly rounded up and its owner will be fined.

I anticipate rapid movement towards a similar system in the UK, which, some would argue, is no bad thing.

Registration, however, means just that and has many other uses.

For example, any dog can be tracked back to its owner.

So if your pet causes an accident in the middle of the M8, you can rest assured it won't be long before there's a knock on your door to tell you all about it!

For aquarists and fish keepers, this weekend is one of the highlights of the year.

The Federation of Scottish Aquarist Societies is hosting the Scottish International Fish Show in Greenock High School.

There will be trade stands, lectures and a fish advice centre, together with refreshments and fund-raising stands.

Call Jim Sheekey on 01475 704219 for more details.

SHOW NEWS

SATURDAY

Yorkshire Terrier Club of Scotland Championship, Community Centre, Woodburn Rd, Dalkeith; Scottish Pekinese Association's 25 Class Championship, Woodmill High School, Dunfermline; Ayrshire Collie Club 18 Class Championship (Rough Collies only), Dam Park Pavilion, Ayr; Scottish Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Championship, Magnum Centre, Irvine; Labrador Club of Scotland Open, Cochrane Hall, Alva.

SUNDAY

English Setter Society of Scotland's Championship, Loreburn Hall, Dumfries; Galashiels and Border District Canine Society Open, Exhibition Halls, Springwood Park, Kelso; Kirkintilloch, Lenzie and District Canine Society 150 class Open, Sports Centre, Alexander St, Wishaw.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 17, 1996
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