Added on: May 28th, 2010

Koi Thefts a Problem in 2010?

With the ever increasing problem of Koi thefts, with thieves using more devious ways of finding potential targets, Google Earth and Google Street View. Koi keepers should be looking at ways of protecting their Koi not only with better security around their Home and pond, but with identification of the Koi if they happen to be stolen.


Micro chipping has been around for a while, which is an effective way of identifying Koi but this can be invasive to the Koi having a microchip inserted beneath the skin with the possibility of infection.
Now a new technique has been developed, were Koi can be fingerprinted using their unique DNA, as has been done for dogs and cats.
A similar price to that of getting a pet micro chipped, but is less invasive, less stressful and provides irrefutable evidence that cannot be tampered with, as to the ownership of the pet.
The DNA samples can be securely stored and will always remain the property of the Koi owner. Details will be stored onto a database and the owner will be provided with a unique sample ID number. Therefore if the fish should ever get stolen, they can provide the police with this number and should DNA evidence ever be required to prove ownership, this will provide irrefutable evidence in identifying their Koi should it be stolen and later found and especially in cases where there is dispute over ownership the sample will be sent to the appropriate authority on the owners behalf. The sample will be securely stored and will be available to the police or investigating authority upon demand.
A DNA sample, in the form of a non-invasive mouth swab or scale, which will be purified and treated for storage for up to 30 years, and entered onto a database.

Watch this Space for more details.

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