Pet Theft AWARENESS and The Dog Union
The ninth annual national #PetTheftAwarenessWeek concludes tomorrow with #MissingCatsDay – Thank you to everyone who has shared the posts and promoted the campaign.
The Dog Union has offered several different letter templates (which you can personalise) to different leading figures who hold the keys to our call for ‘Pet Theft’ to be a specific crime with a tough minimum custodial punishment.
We ask you all to email Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland.
From Arnot Wilson to The Dog Union:
PET THEFT AWARENESS WEEK
Our fourth letter is to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland.
The Lord Chancellor has held meetings with Tom Hunt and also Sir Iain Duncan Smith who following his meeting said “He was assured of a positive Government announcement in the near future”
Here is our chance to nudge things along!
Below is a template which you can amend to suit your situation or if you have the inspiration, write your own.
Please spare a few seconds to send this message to the Lord Chancellor. When you have done that go on and share with your friends, family, colleagues and with your social media friends and in the groups.
The Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ
Dear Lord Chancellor
This week is Pet Theft Awareness Week and it is a timely reminder for the need for something to be done to reduce the spate of pet theft that is occurring in this country at present. DogLost report a 170% increase in this vile crime.
As a dog owner yourself, you must appreciate what it would be like if your dog was to be stolen. The distress that you and your family would experience and the thought of what your dog would be going through must cross your mind from time to time. Of course I realise that your personal feelings can not influence your political and legal judgements.
It seems unbelievable to think that in1770, “An Act for Preventing the Stealing of Dogs” was given royal assent and was included in the subsequent Larceny Act 1916 but the crime of dog theft was dropped in the Theft Act 1968.
Three e-petitions and two parliamentary debates in the past three years clearly shows that pet owners, including myself, are asking for the theft of a dog to be re-instated as a crime in it’s own right but to also include other companion animals.
Yes, evidence shows that dogs in the past, although having their own classification, were considered as chattel but even the Government accepts that they and other animals are sentient beings and it seems archaic that they should remain as general property. As the crime increases unabated now is the time to meet the challenge and reclassify it.
I would ask that you support the pleas of your fellow MPs from across the House and in particular that of Mr Tom Hunt, Ms Siobhan Baille and Sir Iain Duncan Smith together with the thousands of petitioners and make the necessary reforms.
I look forward to your assurance that action will be considered.