The Phoenix

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Japan Will Put Microchips In Dangerous Pets

Recently, Japan has been experiencing a rash of dangerous pets escaping and posing potential harm to the public. In the last week, for example, police in Kanagawa had to find and capture a giant salamander. I didn't know salamanders were dangerous. In downtown Tokyo, a terrified woman found a Burmese python all curled up and cozy on a quilt in some closet. And finally, some idiot lost his giant python after taking it for a walk at the park. Who takes a python for a walk?

The Environment Ministry has created a new law making owners of various exotic and dangerous animals responsible for implanting a 2 millimeter chip under the skin of their pets. This microchip is commonly used for finding lost pets here in the States, and it's barely bigger than a grain of rice. The chip will help authorities track these dangerous pets should they get lost.

The proposed law will take effect in January of 2006.

Pets that have been deemed dangerous include: snapping turtles, pythons, crocodiles, redback spiders (very poisonous), and bears, according to Reuters. Who in the world keeps bears as pets? Maybe the same morons that take massive pythons for walks in the park.

Japan is so densely populated, I believe this law is quite necessary. Any of the aforementioned animals could threaten the lives of a great number of people, especially curious children.

The only problem I can forsee with this new Japanese law is...

Is there a chip big enough for Godzilla?


Blogger DLAK said...

lol Phoenix, I think the smog monster thing will be harder to chip. I have a dalmation that is growing bigger each day, eventualy I will send her to Japan or maybe Iraq.

10/18/2005 10:52 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

The science department at my college had a python that they used to also take for "walks". The walks primarily consisted of taking the snake down to the green, finding a sunny spot, and leaving it. Surprisingly, the snake suffered no ill effects but he did scare the crap out of a few students (including me).

10/18/2005 11:13 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Godzilla?? LOL

It's kind of scary, in a way, if you think about it. What if they decided to do that with humans?

10/18/2005 11:14 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

dlak, I've seen pics of your dalmation...she's always on the lookout for her next kill

the weirdgirl, The Japanses guy fell asleep on a park bench, allowing his python to escape. He said he was surprised since it wasn't that "kind of a snake."

sherri, There's been talk about putting chips into children. Maybe rowdy teenagers. Apocolyptic and "End Times" people would be throwing their hands up in the air if that were to happen.

10/18/2005 11:19 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I think the Japanese could design a chip big enough for Gojira, but who's going to volunteer to put it in his neck? Yikes!

10/18/2005 11:56 AM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

I think that it is a good idea and I agree with chiping exotic pets. Who is going to chip George Bush? It may be too late but you never know what alame duck will do...

10/18/2005 12:29 PM  
Blogger BuffyICS said...

The fact that they specifically mention bears on the list of dangerous pets probably means that there have been several instances of "pet bears" in Japan--I've heard of pet tigers/lions, etc... but bears?

10/18/2005 12:40 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

Why would one have a poisonous spider as a pet? A security device? If 5 out of 10 gun owners are shot by their own guns, certainly the odds could be no better for the happless owners of the red-back attack spider!

10/18/2005 2:27 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I'm surprised they haven't considered putting a chip into sex offenders instead of rowdy teens.

10/18/2005 2:57 PM  
Blogger Mojotek said...

I think the giant salamander is poisonous. But I may be wrong.

10/18/2005 3:19 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

I've heard a lot of debate about how human "chipping" is an invasion of privacy. I don't like it for people, but if it keeps a bear from eating someone's dog (or baby), then go for it.

Of course, finding the animal is only the start of the fun... how many people really know what do do with a run-away emu or komodo dragon?

10/18/2005 3:39 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Good point Sherri, we should microchip sex offenders.

If they microchip Gozilla, then we have to do likewise with his buddies Mothra and King Kong.

10/18/2005 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Tasa said...

hahaha! That is pretty funny... how on earth would you keep a bear as a pet? And aren't spiders a little small to put chips in? O_o;; crazy.... but what about tarantulas... or... or... piranhas!!!

10/18/2005 5:36 PM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

Phoenix! I like my button. Thanks.

10/18/2005 7:46 PM  
Blogger big left nostril said...

The python in that story can't actually go for a "walk", can it? I guess it depends on what the defintion of "is" is... ;)

BTW, Thanks for the button, Phoenix (and nice new banner...if I wanted to e-mail you, how would I do it?) - I know... I'm theturtle a-t digitalventing d-o-t com... only respond if you feel like it.

Keep up with the great site. Seriously, it's always an amusing read.

10/18/2005 10:31 PM  
Anonymous dee said...

I think Godzilla is more misunderstood than dangerous. He's certainly saved Japan's ass on numorous occasions (when monster zero attacked for example).

10/19/2005 1:19 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

How would they get a chip into a spider? That would be weird.

Mojotek, I found out that many salamanders secrete toxins from their skin. Some are more poisonous than others.

I hope all of you like the buttons I made to link to your sites. The whole idea is to help generate traffic to those that come here often. I appreciate all of you. Feel free to use the designs for your own use if you want.

10/19/2005 7:57 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Yeah no kidding - Godzilla ha ha oh that's good. :-)

10/19/2005 1:14 PM  

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