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Overhaul the Animal Welfare Act

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New ‘get tough’ laws are needed for those who kill or abuse animals. We are asking the government overhaul the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 which is not working as a deterrent to animal abusers.   “The first section of the Animal Welfare Act (2006) covers the prevention of harm. This means that pet owners must do everything in their power to ensure that their pets and any other animals that they come into contact with are not deliberately harmed, and that any reasonable steps that can be taken to prevent accidental harm are also taken.” (Animal Welfare Act, 2006)

To many people It is well documented that animal cruelty is a sign of serious psychological distress. It often indicates that a child/teen/adult has either experienced violence first-hand or is at risk of becoming violent toward people. Many studies in psychology, criminology, and sociology have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. As early as the 1970s, the FBI’s analysis of the lives of serial killers revealed that most had, as children, killed or tortured animals Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. The Animal Welfare Act of 2006 needs to be overhauled and the punishments need to fit the crimes. The distressing stories in the media such as the ones below show that the UK has a rising problem with abuse cases:

  • Whitby, A police investigation has been launched after a heifer was strangled to death under the cover of darkness at a Whitby farm.
  • Chunky the Chihuahua was attacked for hours, fed drugs, started on fire, neck broken and left for dead. o  Baby the Bulldog, was stamped on, head-butted and thrown down stairs and eventually died from her injuries.  
  • Oreo the cat had his eye gouged out in horrific attack by group of teenagers.  
  • A farmer, who was the subject of the biggest ever herd seizure in Northern Ireland, has been given a suspended sentence for animal cruelty.
  • Croydon Cat killer recent press about this man beheading cats at alarming rates. Do we have another serial killer in the making?  
  • A PAIR of terrified kittens were left green and blue after being coloured in with marker pens in a sick prank.
  • ANIMAL welfare officers are hunting for a cruel owner who dumped a severely malnourished dog in a bin.
  • SICKENING footage of a gang of young thugs has emerged which appears to show them attacking and setting fire to a bird. Here's what we are asking for: 

Children/Teenagers: Any teen or child who commits an act of animal abuse should be seen by a psychiatrist. Furthermore the families of the child/teen should be looked into by Social Services. There is documented evidence to show that children / teens who are abusing animals are suffering from abuse themselves. This does not make the act of abuse less relevant however it may help stop the cycle of abuse in the family. Children and teens who commit serious acts of abuse should be sentenced to a minus of 5 years for killing an animal and 2 years for harming an animal.

Adults: Any adult that commits a crime against an animal should be required to attend therapy, pay restitution to the families of the owners of the animal they have harmed or killed and serve a jail sentence of at least 5 year for animal murder and 2 years for abuse.    

Animal Register: The adult or child who commits crimes against these animals should be entered onto a registry (see petition: Justice for Chunky) and prevented from owning animals in the future.   Please sign this petition if you have not already. Thank you.   

Legal System: Judges should not be allowed to give minimum sentences for horrific animal abuse crimes and the laws should be strict so that they can't give suspended sentences.  Animal killers should be sentenced 5 year, and abusers should be sentenced for 2 years. Anyone who harms or kills an animal should furthered be fined up to £20,000 for the abuse. Furthermore, a total ban from owning, living with an animal, or working with animals (including abattoir's) in the future. I am tired of hearing stories about animal abusers who are living in someone's house who owns a pet. These animals need to be kept free from potential harm, first rule of the animal welfare act.

Employment: Anyone who commits horrendous acts of animal abuse should be banned from working with the elderly, vulnerable, mental health, children or working in the medical field including veterinary medicine. Most animal cruelty offenders are "let off too easy" without serving any jail time.  

The UK needs to pass tougher laws that will put animal killers/abusers behind bars for longer. We the people of the UK can prevent unnecessary pain and suffering of animals, which are members of our family.

The act should work as a deterrent to animal abuse, not a slap on the wrist.

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