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.
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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.
Responding at the end of the debate Minister, George Eustice stated “Let us use this debate to be absolutely clear that the Government interpret the latest guidance from the Sentencing Council that the theft of a pet should generally be treated as a category two or three offence.”
The evidence to date does not reflect this interpretation so I ask you as my MP to bring my concern to the Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt. Hon. David Gauke, drawing his attention to the Government’s position regarding the crime and in doing so ask him to encourage the Sentencing Council to classify pet theft as a crime in its own right, within the Theft Act and so act as a greater deterrent as is the case with vehicles and bicycles.
I appreciate the law as it stands should act as a deterrent but as the vile crime continues to increase year on year it clearly is not working and as long as a sentient being is categorised as property this will remain the case.
I would also like to mention that Ross Thomson MP’s Private Members Pets (Theft) Bill will have it’s second reading in Parliament on 23rd November 2018. I wonder if you are able to to attend and debate the general principles and themes of the Bill?
I thank you for your time and look forward to learning of the Minister’s response to your letter.
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 23rd November in #Parliament