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Dog microchipping exemptions

Exemptions from compulsory microchipping exist for specified racing greyhounds, all working dogs, and specified hunting dogs. Specifically:

Exemption for greyhounds

(1) In this clause –

“racing greyhound” means a greyhound that –

(a) is registered with Racing Services Tasmania; and

(b) has not had its registration certificate from Racing Services

Tasmania –

(i) marked as retired from racing; or

(ii) retained by Racing Services Tasmania.

(2) For section 15A(2)(b) of the Dog Control Act 2000, a racing greyhound is declared as a type of dog that is not required to be implanted with an approved microchip under section 15A of the Act, if the racing greyhound was whelped before 1 January 2011.

(3) For the avoidance of doubt, this exemption does not apply to a greyhound –

(a) once the greyhound ceases to be registered with Racing Services

Tasmania; or

(b) once Racing Services Tasmania has been notified that the greyhound has been retired from racing and the registration certificate of the greyhound has been marked accordingly or retained by Racing Services Tasmania.

Exemption for working dogs

For section 15A(2)(b) of the Dog Control Act 2000, working dogs are declared as a class of dog that is not required to be implanted with an approved microchip under section 15A of the Act.

Exemption for hunting dogs

(1) In this clause –

“approved hunting dog” means a hunting dog that, immediately before 1 July 2011, has been tattooed by an approved organisation with a tattoo that identifies the dog as being a part of that organisation.

(2) For section 15A(2)(b) of the Dog Control Act 2000, an approved hunting dog is declared as a type of dog that is not required to be implanted with an approved microchip under section 15A of the Act.