NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR CASSIE'S LAW for safer railways for dog and owner
  • Petitioning Office of Rail Regulation

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Office of Rail Regulation
Rail & Safety Standards Board
Chief Executive - Network Rail
Mr David Higgins
Chief Constable - British Transport Police
Mr Andrea Trotter
House of Commons
Members of Parliament via Mr Robert Halfon MP

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR CASSIE'S LAW for safer railways for dog and owner

    1. Kim Herbert
    2. Petition by

      Kim Herbert

      Harlow, United Kingdom

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR CASSIE’S LAW

Hundreds of dogs are killed or maimed on railway lines in the UK. This has to stop. Dogs are innocent casualties on land where currently no law exists to protect them, nor to assist their owners at such a distressing time. This campaign aims to implement procedures enforceable by law to which Network Rail and all Train Operators must abide.

This tragic, needless loss of life is not the fault of dog owners. The public has placed its trust in the authorities responsible for the safety of our parks and public places. It is inconceivable that a railway track running through a park could be without safety fencing. Yet, too many public parks remain unprotected, or with fencing not maintained. Too many tracks are hidden by bushes.

The severe lack of incident reporting and assistance provided to dog owners by the Rail Authorities, is totally unacceptable. The vast majority of dogs are never reported. Network Rail does not even uphold its own procedure. Its not just dogs that are hit, or that step on a live rail; sometimes its horses, other domestic animals and even their owners.

These statistics have been kept quiet for too long. Yes, we need trains. Yes, there are hundreds of miles of track, but in this day and age where Health and Safety is paramount, why is the railway seemingly exempt? How can a “heavily regulated industry” have a severe lack of safety in public areas?

There is no legal recourse for a domestic animal on a track. If a vehicle driver hits a dog, by law it must be reported: not so for the railway. Network Rail’s management is fond of stating it has “no duty to domestic dogs”. Nor to the owners whose lives have been shattered; nor to the owners still searching in vain months, even years, later; nor to a third of the human population whose pets are family. To not care about dogs is to not care about the public that owns them.

Network Rail offers many conflicting statements to desperate owners. It states dogs are rarely hit; that all dogs are logged; that trains are stopped for a dog: in fact it says a lot of things, but we know different. The truth provides its own evidence. Network Rail states it abides by the law; if that is true then that law is outdated and must be changed.

We would like to thank those kind individuals who, where Network Rail had failed, demonstrated kindness and compassion to both dog and owner. You are a beacon in an organisation that has become morally desensitised.

Please sign our petition; join our campaign. Please don’t think it won’t happen to you; help us now before it has a chance to.

This campaign is in memory of my beloved Cassie, who gave her life so others may live. God bless you, my baby. x

Honouring the lives of all our precious dogs lost to the railways. God bless you all, sweet angels, whoever you are, wherever you are, including: Cassie, Badger, Treacle, Violet, Poppy, Bailey, Ozzy, Rocket, Marley, Enya, Phoebe, Toby, Patch, Macey, Winnie, Lady, Zeus, Sweetie, Chiquot, Misha, Sahsa, Kai, Mole, Charlie, Paddy, Mimi, Sandy, Amber, Mr T, Daisy, Jayda, Biba, Inca, Poppy, Cara, Kerry, Mia, Jack, Stanley, Caramel, Charlie, Grace, Harry, Bramble, Foster, Ozzy, Bonny, Lucy, Mass, Honey, Rosie, Henny, Ross, Angel, Rosie, Marley, Safi, Bayer, Roxy, Sidney, Bella, Rosie, Sky, Albert, Daphne, Ben, Jolly, Freddie, Carrie, Cinta, Summer, Bernie, Charlie, Jet, Ronnie, Sasha, Chloe, Fudge, Bella, Buzz, Bella, Blossom, Hermes, Caber, Frank, Zack, Poppy, Monkey, Dorie, Grisle, Millie, Suzy, Merlin, Millie, Elsa, Fizz, Max, Ebony, Roxanne, Lightning, Cordi, Cooper, Scally, Izzy, Lilly, Lurchie, Mylo, Kirsty, Indie, Benji, Mal, Zack, Harry, Scruff, Max & Alfie, Poopy & Cat, Pliuska, Tye, Si, Kauto, Costello, Cody, Milly, Shadow, Ice, Bambi, Bertie, Busby, China, Prancer, Kirsty, Massey, Precious, Bonnie, Miku, Bubs, Macy, and on and on and, unconfirmed: Minkata, Bailey, Lovey, and on............ 

Links:   http://doglostnoticboard.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=cassies

http://www.facebook.com/groups/178865095538243/

http://www.facebook.com/cassies.f.campaign

If your dog has gone missing, for any reason, anywhere in the UK, please go to http://www.doglost.co.uk/  as they can help you find him/her.

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Local Victory! Harlow Town Park is now fenced!

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.harlowstar.co.uk/News/Harlow-news/Harlow-dog-owners-victory-in-rail-fence-crusade-20140709092856.htm

      We took on Network Rail and we won! We didn't give up, we petitioned, we attended meetings, we contacted those in a position to help and finally it paid off. If I can do it, you can too! My Cassie took on Network Rail and won! This is one dog they could not ignore, even though she was working from heaven. Thank you to all who who helped. Now, we battle on for all the others parks that need fencing to keep our dogs and children safe from trains. Please keep sharing this petition: we need to raise awareness and action for the rest of the UK. God bless you for caring. Kim Herbert, Cassie's Fence Campaign & National Campaign for Cassie's Law.

      Harlow dog owner's victory in rail fence crusade

      A deaf woman whose hearing dog was killed by a train when it ran on to rail lines near Harlow station has won her five-year campaign to have fencing erected along a stretch of track running near Harlow Town Park.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. For the second time we are in Dogs Today magazine.

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      Following on from last month's article on Cassie's Campaign (July), this month (August) there is an editorial about Max the GSD that got forced into the path of a speeding train, sadly due to Network Rail workers' ignorance on how to catch a dog. Also, the awful stories of Badger and Treacle written by Andrea, who actively worked weeks to find Badger. More Network Rail failures in human compassion.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Since this petition went on line, more dogs have been killed.

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing, we love you for it. We still have a long way to go. We need to make people aware this is a VERY REAL danger. Is there a railway near you? Is it in a park? Is it fenced? Are there holes in the fence? PLEASE, share this petition and write to your MP and ask for his support for Robert Halfon MP (for Harlow) to take this to Parliament. Anyone who has lost a dog will know the pain. But the pain of losing one to a train, is something I hope you will never know. For those of you that do know, you are already in my prayers. If you can get signatures on paper at dog shows or fun days, by leaving copies at the vets, pet shops, anywhere you can, please go to the link below and leave posts so we can get a paper version emailed to you. Thank you. x
      Honouring our newest angels in heaven, Bella, Treacle, Max, Bella, Lottie, Ace and Diesel. Fly high babies; you have earnt your wings. x

    6. Network Rail - Lies, lies and more lies!

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      This is what happened next at Harlow Town Park. Network Rail did a U Turn after promising a fence would be installed. David Higgins Chief Exec said it would be installed as well as a liaison officer on site. They didn't tell anyone until we asked months later, when the fence was going up? Still they didn't answer so two months later, The MP wrote and this is what happened.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Dogs Today Magazine out now!

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      This campaign is in Dogs Today magazine, July issue.

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. A heart breaking comment from Badger's young owner

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

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      My beloved dog badger was killed on a railway track and the workers just shoved him into a bag and left him somewhere. we didnt get contacted by the railway services but by a kind man who saw his body a few days before he was bagged up. I am very upset about losing my little angel and i miss him so much, i just hope he is in a better place now and one day i will see him again.

      posted by Daisy Eckersley
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    11. Poppy - Xmas 2011 - Another Network Rail Tragedy

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      Please read Poppy's page on DogLost. Poppy's kind owner gave permission to share their plight to assist with this campaign. Along with dear Badger, her story needs to be told.
      The more you share this petition, the closer we become to getting a law passed. Each one of you can share the petition to 25 people each day! Every Day! Such a small thing to do, such a big big impact to have. Click on the petition and click on the share section. For Badger, For Poppy, For Bailey, For Macey, For Violet of Wood Green Animal Shelters, For my Cassie, for the hundreds of others who all have a story to tell ..........

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Badger missing - Network Rail's lack of procedure

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      Take a look at Badger's site on DogLost to see the kind of thing that happens. This is why we need this law passed! Can anyone help to establish Badger's whereabouts? PLEASE!
      ****UPDATE***Sadly, precious Badger has now been found, in heaven. God bless you sweetheart.

    14. Reached 100 signatures
    15. Cassie's Fence Campaign

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      My Cassie was killed in Harlow, Essex. She is the reason for the National Campaign as well as the local one. Because of her I found out how bad this problem really is. Please be kind enough to sign my Cassie's local petition too. Thank you. x

    16. We are collecting information on dogs lost or injured on the railways.

      Kim Herbert
      Petition Organizer

      If you know of any one who has lost a dog, or had one injured, or even an owner, please go to this DogLost site and contact Kimmybear. Thank you.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Catht Leyland LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I hate to keep seeing these poor dogs killed

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    • Shauna Duggan MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I Believe that is important to put fencing around rail way tracks for the safety of dogs and animals where necessary.

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    • eleanor james BARRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I am a dog owner myself.

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    • Tara Gregory LANCING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      As a dog owner who cares passionately about her dog, I was devastated to read this story and can not imagine the anguish this loss has caused. Thoughts go to Cassie's family x

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    • Esti Marsh HARLOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      Regularly walk my dogs by a railway line

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