Target: U.K. Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove
Goal: Prosecute police officers who allegedly ran a dog over deliberately.
Two police officers in North Wales allegedly ran over and killed a dog deliberately. The dog was running loose on a road, most certainly distressed and disoriented. The officers said in a statement there was “no alternative” to running the dog over with their patrol car. However, considering the incident occurred at 3 a.m., it seems unlikely that traffic would have been too important to secure the area and close the road to traffic while the dog was caught.
There are a number of safe and humane alternatives to catching a loose dog and the officers deliberately running the animal over was a callous act of cruelty. PETA has rightly stated that, “Law-enforcement officers are entrusted with protecting the innocent and the vulnerable, and that does not include deliberately running them over with the intent to kill.” The organization and others have also said that this incident proves that officers desperately need to be trained in humane animal control.
Sign this petition demanding that these officers are severely punished for this cruel act and urging the country to ensure its law-enforcement authorities are adequately trained in humane animal control in order to avoid similar incidents in the future.
Dear Mr. Gove,
Two police officers recently ran over a dog deliberately in North Wales. The dog was running loose on a road and despite the number of safe and humane alternatives, the officers decided to run the animal over with their police car. As the incident occurred at 3 a.m., it seems it would have been easy to temporarily secure the area in order to humanely capture the dog.
This horrific incident proves that British police is insufficiently trained in humane animal control. We demand the officers responsible for the dog’s cruel death are prosecuted and that all officers in the country receive mandatory training on adequate and humane methods for catching loose animals.
[Your Name Here]
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