\\\ Pet Theft Act – Reform
UPDATE – The 3rd Petition instigated by Veterinarian Dr Daniel Allen has reached the required 100,000+ signatures
Pet Theft Reform: Amend animal welfare law to make pet theft a specific offence
The Proposal is to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make pet theft a specific offence, distinct from that of inanimate objects; and in sentencing, the courts must consider the fear, alarm or distress to the pet and owners and not monetary value.
The Petition ran for 6 months and closed with 117,453 signatures where the UK Parliament is obliged to consider for debate all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures. The debate is due in more than a year’s time.
More Information available from the government website https://petition.parliament.uk/archived/petitions/244530
At least 5 dogs are stolen every day in England & Wales. Research by Allen et al (2019) reveals an increase in dog theft crimes, 1,294 in 2015, 1,525 in 2016, 1,678 in 2017; and decrease in court charges related to dog theft crimes, 62 in 2015, 48 in 2016, 37 in 2017.
A strong deterrent is needed. This amendment would ensure on conviction, imprisonment for a term up to 2 years becomes available to courts.
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