YOU CAN HELP GET PET THEFT REFORM ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA.
As the MP candidates start knocking on your door and they ask you what is important to you, please don’t forget to add your worries about the increase in dog, cat and horse theft. This applies to every candidate from every party, not just the party you vote for.
While our dogs and all other domestic pets continue to be regarded as property, with no separate definition within the 1968 Theft Act, they will continue to be seen in law as second hand goods valued at under £500, which is a category 4 offence and hence the reason we see such dreadful punishments handed out by the courts. There is no deterrent to stop this cruel crime, therefore it is seen as low risk with high rewards by the dog/pet thieves.
Compulsory Microchipping of dogs, horses and now possibly cats, remains a regulation not fit for purpose while it continues to be ignored by the organisers and professionals who have sold the public the very premise they themselves are preventing, by not reuniting missing and stolen pets. Microchip registration must be checked at 1st Veterinary consultation and at the annual checkup to establish whether a pet is registered as missing on the original database. This must include rescues dealing with handover or seized pets.
Dr Daniel Allen, Animal Geographer and SAMPA Patron “Microchipping of cats will be about as useful in tackling cat theft as microchipping dogs is for tackling dog theft – microchipped pets can only be reunited if authorities choose to scan, check databases & contact owner. We need #PetTheftReform & #FernsLaw”
#FernsLaw petition remains open during the election, gathering signatures to present to Defra, the Government department who are having a consultation on the Compulsory Dog Microchipping Regulations early next year. We must be ready to get the changes needed to improve the microchip system so that missing pets can be reunited:- http://chng.it/pKPKg255
Pet Theft Reform petition debate has been postponed until after the election!
Now on hold to write to your MP.
Write to, or email, your local MP: The Pet Theft debate continues! This template letter is asking for your MP to support #PetTheftReform to protect our pets.
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Subject: Pet Theft Reform
Pet Theft Reform debate has been postponed until after the election!
I recently signed Dr. Daniel Allen’s and Stolen And Missing Pets Alliance’s (SAMPA) second #PetTheftReform petition to classify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right and I’m happy to tell you that both achieved the required 100,000 signatures in just a few months. The first Pet Theft Reform petition 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, National Animal Welfare Trust, RSPCA, Kennel Club and Blue Cross also continue to back the demand for this change, including many MP’s cross party.
I appreciate the 1968 Theft Act with its emotional distress update in 2016 for personal items should act as a deterrent but as this vile crime continues to increase year on year it clearly is not working and as long as our priceless and irreplaceable dogs and other domestic pets are being categorised as inanimate property this will remain the case. The theft of these ‘items’ are seen as a low risk, high reward crime, because of the sentencing council’s guidelines from Defra, and they therefore remain as a category 4 offence, 2nd hand goods valued under £500.
Dr Daniel Allen, Animal Geographer at Keele University and SAMPA patron has explained why we need Pet Theft Reform: Dog theft on the rise: how in danger is your pet and what can be done about it?: https://theconversation.com/dog-theft-on-the-rise-how-in-danger-is-your-pet-and-what-can-be-done-about-it-125010
Spatialities of Dog Theft: A Critical Perspective: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/5/209
Pet Theft Reform:- Petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244530
SAMPA has set out two routes to reform.
One is to revise sentencing guidelines in the Theft Act 1968 to ‘reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right’.
The second route is to ‘amend animal welfare law to make pet theft a specific offence’ through the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This would ensure courts consider the fear, alarm or distress to sentient animals rather than their monetary value.
I would also like to mention that I fully support #FernsLaw petition supporting families searching for their missing microchipped dogs, cats and other domestic pets including horses. You will understand that depending on the strengthened guidelines on ‘good practice recommendations’ are meaningless and until the promise of microchips reuniting sold on stolen and missing pets is upheld by the veterinary professionals, the microchip system is not fit for purpose. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect that all pets microchip registration is checked at 1st consultation and at the annual check up to establish whether a pet is missing or stolen. Responsible pet owners who have abided by the Compulsory Dog Microchipping Regulations are being let down http://chng.it/pKPKg255
As my MP, I am asking you to attend the Pet Theft Reform Debate in Parliament on 11th November 2019 at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall.
Thank you for your time.
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.
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#PetTheftReform debate [@MPname] as my MP, please join @sampauk_ @Dr_Dan_1 and support them in #Parliament on 11th November 2019