Target: Barra McGrory, Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
Goal: Considerably increase the lenient sentence given to a farmer who mistreated 153 animals.
A farmer has been given an astonishingly lenient sentence despite having caused horrendous suffering to hundreds of animals. James Steele, who owns a cattle farm in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to livestock after 153 cows were seized from his property. Many more had not survived and investigators found live cows in sheds with dying and dead ones. Some animals had not had food or water for days, possibly weeks, and others had been injured while giving birth and received no veterinary care. Of the animals seized, 18 had to be immediately put down.
Despite the extent of this cruelty, Steele has only been given a suspended jail sentence he will most likely never serve. He has also only been banned from keeping animals for five years.
Sign this petition demanding that this man be sentenced to actual prison time and be banned from owning animals for life.
Dear Mr. McGrory,
A farmer named James Steele has been found guilty of mistreating hundreds of cows in what Danny Gray of the Agriculture Department has called a “horrendous welfare case.” Investigators found live animals housed with dead ones, cows left with no food or water for days, possibly weeks, and animals injured during calving left without veterinary care. Of the 153 animals seized, 18 had to be put down.
Despite the extent of this cruelty, Steele has only been given a suspended sentence and banned from keeping animals for five years.
This is far too lenient for mistreatment of this magnitude. We demand that Steele’s sentencing is reviewed and that this man is made to serve prison time and given a lifetime ban on owning animals.
[Your Name Here]
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