Monday, 1 June 2015

NEWSLINK: Approved bill says big cats need to be micro-chipped

A bill awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature will require all big cats in the state, like lions and tigers, to be micro-chipped.

Senate Bill 1273 passed the state house Monday and if signed, will add regulations to a couple of East Tennessee groups.

The chips are responsible for identification. That way, keepers can know who is who.One East Tennessee group has been adapting to this plan, even before it hit the Capitol.

Tiger Haven, an animal sanctuary for big cats, works closely with University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital, and when they take the big cats in for veterinary care, vets implant a microchip as a matter of routine.

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