Friday, March 20, 2009

Make the law tougher on animal cruelty

Make the law tougher on animal cruelty!

Published by Tracie on Mar 17, 2009
Category: Animal Welfare
Region: United Kingdom
Target: Government

At present, the 'Animal Welfare Act' for the UK covers:

* For a suitable environment (place to live).
* For a suitable diet.
* To exhibit normal behaviour patterns.
* To be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
* To be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease

* It states as a owner/keeper you are responsible for the above and minimal age to keep an animal is now 16 .

* Anyone who is cruel to an animal, or does not provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison.

Yet in 2007 over 2,000 people were convicted in 2007, yet only only 54 were sent to prison.
And in 2008 complaints of abuse had risen by 12% in 2007 to 137,245.
There was a 42% rise of people sent to prison for animal abuse in 2008, but we think this needs to rise to at least an 80% rise.

The RSPCA believe this dog was thrown 70ft to its death from a balcony, after being badly injured in a fight. A witness has reported seeing a gang of approximately 10 - 15 youths throwing the Staffordshire Bull Terrier off the 5th floor of Sidmouth House in Lympstone Gardens, Peckham, at around 9.30pm last Friday night. It is believed that the gang had carried the dog to the block of flats after it had sustained earlier facial injuries, which the RSPCA suspects were probably inflicted during a dogfight.

The witness to the act said that the group of youths, which included a teenage girl, had carried the dog through the flats and the visibly injured animal was whimpering with pain. The teenage gang then headed to the 5th floor and walked along the communal balcony, where they threw the dog over the edge.

The Bull Terrier fell approximately 70 feet to the concrete floor below, where the gang then picked up the dead animal and threw it into a communal bin.

RSPCA inspector Rebecca London said:

"This is horrible cruelty. I am absolutely disgusted that this poor dog was whimpering and in distress and yet this group thought it was fine to just throw it over the balcony to get rid of it".

If you have any information on the youths the RSPCA urge you to contact them in confidence on 03001234 999. These people need to be stopped and the law needs to change.

A minimal prison term needs to be put in place. At present the maximum term you can serve for animal cruelty is 51 weeks, we think this should be the minimal term you can serve. The maximum should depend on the circumstances reflecting the case. We in the UK are meant to be a nation of animals lovers, and are encouraged to treat our pets as "one of the family", yet the laws are far too relax and need to be made tougher and pet shops & breeders need to be policed more about who they sell animals too.

Animals cannot fight for their rights.

They need us to fight for them.

Please support efforts to improve animal welfare legislature.

Please sign this petition.

Please forward and x-post this important petition!

The Petition:

We the undersigned would like a government review on the animal welfare act and for tougher terms to be imposed on those who inflict cruelty on animals.

We also would like pet shops, breeders and anyone (including online private advertising) to be policed more and for them to record who they are selling animals to.

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