Write to, or email, your local MP: The Pet Theft debate was held on 2nd July 2018, at 4.30 in Westminster Hall. This template letter is asking for your MP to support #PetTheftReform to protect our pets with clear guidelines within the Theft Act by way of a small amendment to clarify existing legislation:-
It’s really easy to write to or email your MP and your help will go a long way: here’s what to do:-
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Request from your constituent (add your name, address and postcode)
This issue is important to me because (personalise your request)
I recently signed the #PetTheftPetition to reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right and I’m happy to tell you it has achieved the required 100,000 signatures in just four months and was debated on the 2nd July 2018 at 4.30 in Westminster Hall. Since the debate, support for pet theft reform has continued to grow, and the big animal welfare charities have started collaborating on the issue.
There was confusion after the Pet Theft Debate in July 2018, when Minister George Eustice Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), stated “It is the Government’s interpretation that Pet Theft is a category 2 or 3 offence”. The government interpretation is positive, but that is not happening in the courts. We continue to ask for clarification within the Theft Act and wonder why this simple amendment and more importantly why there is not even a mention for domestic pets in the Sentencing Guidelines. Pet Theft Reform is needed to help protect our pets.
Link to Dr Daniel Allen’s petition with Hansard transcript and debate :- https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/212174
We think Pet Theft Reform could be achieved by:-
1. An amendment of the Theft Act 1968 Section 4, Sub-section 4, to include a seperate definition for domestic companion animals / pets.
2 (a) Reclassify pet theft as a crime in its own right, within the Sentencing Guidance, as is the case with vehicles and bicycles.
(b) Aggravated sentence provision for pet theft to give the courts more extended discretion.
Another consideration is sentencing consistency:- The Animal Welfare Act is being revised to increase sentencing for animal cruelty, it is in the public interest to do the same for pet theft.
The enforcement of the aims of the petition will not require new legislation, as the simple Pet Theft Reform amendments can be included within the existing Act as a general ‘tidying up’. That would be relatively simple if there is the political will to do so, without hours of Parliamentary time or increased police funding.
Ross Thomson MP’s Pet Theft Bill will reach its second hearing on the 26th October 2018, which I hope you will support.
Pet theft rips the heart out of families and wrecks lives. The Government interpretation of sentencing would go some way to reflecting this, that interpretation now needs to be confirmed, communicated and implemented in courts. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Feel free to use the template letter 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.
Prefer to tweet? You can use the example below, getting your MPs Twitter address from http://tweetyourmp.com/
[@MPname] as my MP, please join @sampauk_ @Dr_Dan_1 and support @RossThomson_mp for the #PetTheftBill on 26 October 2018 in #Parliament