If you haven’t already please take five minutes to email or write to your MP and ask them to attend and debate the general principles and themes of the Bill, on 25 January 2019 in Parliament.
Ross Thomson MP‘s summery of the Private Members Bill proposal:-
A change in the law is necessary to deliver justice for victims of pet theft, and to give more peace of mind to the 12 million UK households with a pet.
This Bill will create a new, separate criminal offence in its own right of pet theft, recognising the self-evident fact that the theft of a living, sentient being is in a whole different category to the theft of an inanimate object.
We are talking about the abduction of an animal, of what most pet owners would consider a central part of their family. It’s a crime that’s either more thoughtless or more malicious – or both – than the theft of an inanimate possession. And the Bill will also require that sentencing is appropriate to the level of emotional harm caused by the theft, recognising that, for victims of pet theft, it’s the emotional loss, not the financial loss, that really matters.
After all, today a growing number of companies offer bereavement leave for employees who’ve lost a pet. If we can give due recognition to the emotional effects of the loss of a pet in other walks of life, why can’t we do a better job of it in the courts?
My intention is that this Bill effect these necessary changes across Great Britain – in England and Wales, yes, but also in Scotland.
Thank you for your support.
Template letter for your MP:- http://www.stolenandmissingpetsalliance.co.uk/write-to-your-mp/
To find your MP’s address follow this link:- https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
Professor John Cooper QC, (pictured on the right) legal legend and Sampa legal advisor has produced the Pet (Theft) Bill draft for the Government. Read on this link:- https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2017-2019/0245/cbill_2017-20190245_en_2.htm
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Picture Ross Thomson MP. Cooper John-Cooper Law Firm