Write to your local MP: this template letter is asking for support in the ‘Reclassification of pet theft, tougher sentencing to act as a deterrent and the sentencing council to not just consider the monetary value of an irreplaceable family pet’
It’s really easy to write or email your MP and your help will go a long way: here’s what to do:-
To find your MP, enter your postcode and hit next to find their constituents address and email address. Just click on this link:- http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Feel free to use the template below, including your own feelings and/or experience of your missing or stolen dog, cat, horse or any other pet and include a poster.
MPs are far more likely to reply if they receive personal correspondence from you and don’t forget to ask family, friends and neighbours to write in, as the more letters they receive on one topic pushes the issue to the top of the pile.
Request from your constituent (add your name, address and postcode)
This issue is important to me because (personalise your request)
Sadly, this is happening all over the country. The way that this crime is recorded by police varies between forces and is often just recorded as theft or burglary, therefore the true extent of the problem is not always known. From statistics obtained last year there have been at least 5006 dog thefts since 2011. Statistics also suggest that only 12% of those stolen dogs were recovered. DogLost the UKs largest database of missing dogs revealed that the number of pets stolen increased by almost 24 per cent over the last three years up to September 2017. Evidence suggests that criminals are deliberately targeting pets, with pets being stolen in return for reward or ransom.
There are very few reports of people being prosecuted for the theft of a pet and the existing sentencing guidelines only classify the seriousness of any theft offence by the financial value of the item stolen.
As my MP please can you help stop this crime by writing to Nicholas Hurd, Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims, raising this issue and asking him to;
- Reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right.
- Review the sentencing guidelines for theft offences, so that where the theft of a family pet is involved, monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of the crime for sentencing purposes.
- Ensure that Police Forces are given appropriate guidance and training to recognise the need to properly record and investigate cases of pet theft.
I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to provide me with a copy of any response that you receive from the Minister