Plead to WA Government to review the Animal Welfare Act and enforce harsher penalties.
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled.
We, the undersigned, say that in light of the tragic and horrific event on Wednesday 17th May 2017, in which Luna a beloved family labrador was fatally stabbed by a 37-year-old man at Polyantha Reserve in Apple Blossom Drive, Mirrabooka and animal welfare cases that have been failed by the system, the WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 does not provide animals with adequate protection, neither does it recognise the inhumane killing of an animal is a serious offence and the need to incorporate harsher penalties and punishments.
This is in particular reference to Part 3 of the Act: Offences Against Animals (under clause 19: 1 and 2) which does not include the inhumane killing of an animal as a serious offence, nor does it enforce harsher punishments and penalties to suit.
Currently Luna's offender is on bail for not only killing an animal, but carrying a dangerous weapon and in line with the current law of the Animal Welfare Act 2002, if convicted is likely to face no more than a monetary fine and if deemed appropriate up to 5 years (maximum) in prison. Current penalties do not match the severity of these crimes and are not considered tough enough to deter animal cruelty and in particular, the inhumane killing of an animal.
Now we ask the Legislative Assembly to review the WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 and to enforce harsher penalties and punishments. Temporary animal bans, community service and monetary fines are simply too lenient. Penalties such as lengthy prison time needs to be enforced by the government, as well as permanent animal bans.
For the people signing the petition this is the first step in making our voice heard and where animals are silent, it is hoped that justice can be served. In the memory of Luna and the many other animals who have suffered and tragically lost their lives.
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