Animal welfare issues are in the headlines thanks to some excellent campaigns. Here are the most recent updates on three the NAWT is backing.
Named after a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was rescued from life as a breeding slave on a puppy farm, Lucy’s Law calls for a ban on third party sales of puppies for profit, meaning only the original breeder or a rescue can sell puppies.
This will ensure that every puppy has the best start in life and unsuspecting families will no longer have to go through the trauma of coping with a sick newly purchased puppy.
Since its launch in December 2017, the petition has reached more than 116,000 signatures and will be debated in Parliament on 21 May.
There is now a call for evidence where the Government invites all stakeholders and experts to give evidence on the effect of introducing a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens in England.
The NAWT was thrilled to hear that the government is taking this very serious problem to Parliament and we hope that after the consultation, legalisation to impose a ban on sales will be written.
Campaigners are urging people to write to their MPs to support Lucy’s Law and get their MPs to attend the debate.
Make pet theft a crime in its own right
NAWT became the first animal welfare charity to support the Pet Theft Petition launched by the Stolen and Missing Pet Alliance (SAMPA) this year.
SAMPA wants to lobby Parliament to change the way animal theft crimes are reported and punished, in recognition of the importance pets play in our family lives.
According to SAMPA, more than 60 dogs are stolen every week in England and Wales. Less than 5% of cases lead to convictions.
Want to help stamp out pet theft? Sign the petition today.
Finn’s Law is fighting to give police dogs and horses the same status as injured officers. It was launched after the stabbing of a police dog named Finn, who was chasing a suspect in Hertfordshire in October 2016.
His handler, PC Dave Wardell, was also injured. Thankfully both survived and returned to work 11 weeks later.
The campaign has gained public support, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to give status to police dogs and horses as officers.
Campaigners say police dogs and other service animals shouldn’t be regarded as ‘objects’ or ‘property’ and are calling for a new law which recognises their individual contribution to public safety.
Campaigners are urging people to write to their MP to ask them to support #FinnsLaw and to contact Justice Secretary David Gauke about their support.
You can also write to the Minister of Justice with your request for #FinnsLaw to happen.
Also since the attack, police dogs in Avon and Somerset, the local police constabulary for Heaven’s Gate Farm, are being given body armour in a trial to protect their safety on the job.