Pets killed on roads will be identified

Transport Minister John Hayes has announced that pets killed on roads will have to be collected, identified and their owners notified by the Highways Agency.

This follows a parliamentary debate sparked by more than 122,000 people signing an e-petition calling for Harvey’s Law.

Jude Devine from Sheffield was told that her poodle Harvey had died four months after his body was found on the M62 – and this inspired the campaign.

According to a BBC report, Mr Hayes (pictured) said it was “absolutely essential” that every possible measure was taken to identify domestic animals killed in road accidents and their owners contacted.

He told MPs: “I have therefore asked the Highways Agency to ensure that indeed they do collect and identify every animal that is killed and contact the owners by whatever practicable means.

“I have told the Highways Agency that is what I expect. It will be a requirement and that is what will happen. This government does take this extremely seriously.”

Mandatory scanning of canine traffic victims for electronic tags and other identifiers was set to be phased out as part of Treasury austerity measures.

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This is of course a good thing, but dogs are not the only domestic pets that people own. What about the millions of people who microchip and love their cats? a great many people pay £300 – £2,000 for particular breeds of cat, a high number of which are kept indoors. If one of these cats for instance is accidentally let out and subsequently killed on the road, are the owners’ feelings then less important?? and the animal somehow less valuable? The throw away attitude to all animals but dogs is outdated and does not reflect the modern world. I and a great many more, would like this law to be extended to include cats – It is not OK for them to be kicked into a ditch or thrown away.