- Sheriff Philip MannSheriff, Banff Sheriff Court
Stop Sherriff from allowing men who killed family pets to work with animals as punishment
Two males at a party in Banffshire, Scotland caused destruction not only to the property of the owners home but also killed their 2 pet geckos by dropping one and putting the other one in a blender causing the owner to come home to a blood soaked kitchen. The deciding sherriff has advised if the two males aged 18 and 20 can get the support of the SSPCA and get to work with animals he will not give them a sentence of detention. Let's stop animal murderers from getting away with crime and ever being allowed near an animal again. Please sign this petition and pass it onto everyone you know so we can make changes to the law.
Thank you so much to everyone who has added their name so far. I would like to add as of 13/7/17 I have spoken to The SSPCA head office and they have placed a message on their website saying that they would not allow these men to volunteer for them. I will keep you updated if they provide any further information. So what we now need is for this petition to continue and go to the Scottish Courts so that no authoritative law maker will allow anyone who abuses or kills animals to be allowed near animals again. Other countries ban persons from owning animals for life and giving fines or other sentencing, this should be the same in Scotland. Our animals are just as important.
- Sheriff, Banff Sheriff Court
Sheriff Philip Mann
To Sheriff Philip Mann,
it is time animal cruelty is taken seriously. Small fines, offers to work with animals and community service is not appropriate. Murder is murder. Whether it is a small animal such as a gecko, a large farm animal, any pet or wild animal, there should be no difference in sentencing. Offering an abuser time to work with animals they can potentially abuse again is not justice.
Would a man who had abused his wife be sent to work in a woman's shelter?
Throughout the psychiatric field it is fact that murderers and abusers start off as children, killing small animals, bed wetting, and setting fires. Some of the most famous world murderers started off like this and while these two males awaiting sentence are not children by the level of destruction they caused, which would indicate confidence, it is highly likely they have killed animals before or abused people.
I am trying to search for successful cases of the law working for animal cruelty in Scotland and haven't found any of consequence. Although cases of animal cruelty are rising in 2016 there was only one person given a life time ban. Why?! Why are they not all being given lifetime bans, fines and sentencing. In Australia e.g. the RSPCA lists sentencing and fines for each state. In Queensland the maximum sentence is 7 years jail time and a fine of $235,600. If Scotland and the whole of the UK followed, then maybe would be abusers would think before they act. Wouldn't it be great if you could start to make the change to animal abuse legislation?
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