Write to, or email, your local MP: Template letter on upcoming Pet Theft events asking for your MP to support #PetTheftReform to protect our pets.
It’s really easy to write to 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/
I recently signed Dr. Daniel Allen’s Stolen And Missing Pets Alliance #PetTheftPetition to classify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right and I’m happy to tell you it achieved the required 100,000 signatures in just four months. Pet Theft Reform was debated on the 2nd July 2018 in Westminster Hall and since then the support has continued to grow. Animal welfare charities such as Dog Trust and Blue Cross also continue to back the demand for this change, including many MP’s cross party.
I am writing to you as my MP to ask you to support the following events:-
🐾 Pet Theft Bill on 25 January 2019 in Parliament.
Ross Thomson MP‘s summery of the Private Members Pet (Theft) 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.”
Professor John Cooper QC, legal legend and Stolen And Missing Pets Alliance (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
🐾 #PetTheftReform drop-in event on 26th February 2019, 3-5pm, Room R, Portcullis House, Westminster. Social media opportunity to highlight support.
🐾 All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG) Pet Theft Reform meeting, 26th February 2019, 5-7pm, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster.
🐾 Dog Theft Awareness Day, 14th March 2019, which starts Pet Theft Awareness Week.
I thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
I support #PetTheftReform
For more information: StolenAndMissingPetsAlliance.co.uk
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 25 January in #Parliament