Implement Improved Animal Welfare Laws

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Target: Michelle McIlveen, Agriculture Minister, Northern Ireland

Goal: Implement proposed improvements to animal welfare laws, including harsher penalties for animal abusers.

Animal abusers could be facing stricter penalties under new proposed improvements to animal welfare laws in Northern Ireland. Some of the recommendations have already been implemented, including one that substantially increases the maximum penalty for animal cruelty to five years in prison. The action plan would also allow judges to more easily overturn overly lenient sentences for animal cruelty. The 68 proposed measures would also enable animal welfare regulatory bodies to work together to enforce the new penalties.

The recommendations follow public outrage after a series of serious animal cruelty cases where abusers have been let off with lax punishments. This includes a case where a man was found guilty of starving his dog to death, only to receive probation, a small fine, and 80 hours of community service. In this case, Robert Porter, 30, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of his dog when he didn’t feed the dog for three weeks, leaving it to die. He then let the dog’s carcass rot on his kitchen floor for four months before it was found.

More serious punishments for animal cruelty could mean that potential offenders are deterred from committing such crimes. It will also mean that abused animals receive proper justice when they are mistreated, neglected, or killed by careless or malicious humans. These new recommendations could curb animal abuse in Northern Ireland, and will also serve as a model for other countries to follow. Sign the petition below to show your support for these improved animal welfare laws.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. McIlveen,

Proposed improvements to Northern Ireland’s Welfare of Animals Act would include harsher punishments for animal abusers and increased oversight and coordination of animal welfare enforcement bodies. The improvements would also allow judges to more easily overturn excessively lenient punishments for animal abusers. These laws come after public outrage over animal abusers getting off with slaps on the wrist, including one case where a man was given no jail time for failing to feed his dog for three weeks, allowing it to starve to death.

Improved animal welfare laws would not only help deter potential offenders, but would also ensure that abused animals receive the justice they deserve. These laws, if implemented, could serve as a model for other countries as well. We, the undersigned, ask you to do everything within your power to ensure that the new recommendations become law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. We need to stand up and speak for those who can’t! It is said the animals are silent sufferers,so very true! Just imagine being one of them for even one second, just let the thought cross over your mind… What a horrifying thought, no? Stop animal cruelty and abuse, we are human not savages. If you don’t agree, all anyone can hope for for you is that you seek out some serious professional help…save yourself first!

  2. Michelle McIlveen, Agriculture Minister, Northern Ireland:

    NO MORE SLAPS ON THE WRIST.

    Implement proposed improvements to animal welfare laws, including harsher penalties for animal abusers.

  3. there is only one way to stop all this abuse. punish the abusers as much as possible. put them in jail with a sign on their back. “I beat up a small animal that weighed 14 pounds”

  4. EN ESTE MUNDO, HOY EN ESTOS TIEMPOS JUSTAMENTE, ES DE VITAL IMPORTANCIA Y TRASCENDENCIA HACER LEYES EFECTIVAS EN PROTECCIÓN DEL BIENESTAR DE TODOS LOS ANIMALES EN TODO EL MUNDO. TODAS LAS ESPECIES Y EN TODAS LAS CIRCUNSTANCIAS DEBEN DEJAR DE SUFRIR. TENEMOS QUE DETENER LA CRUELDAD, EL ABUSO, LA MISERIA, LA INJUSTICIA, EL CRIMEN Y LA VIOLENCIA. LOGRAR LEYES DE PROTECCIÓN DEL BIENESTAR ANIMAL ES UN PASO DE EVOLUCIÓN PARA NUESTRAS NUEVAS SOCIEDADES. PONER LEYES QUE HAGAN RESPETAR EL BIENESTAR ANIMAL FOMENTA LA COMPASIÓN EN EL PLANETA, EL AMOR POR LA VIDA Y LA RESTAURACIÓN DE LA NATURALEZA. TODOS LOS ANIMALES MERECEN UNA VIDA DIGNA, SIN DOLOR, SIN TERROR; CON PAZ, TRANQUILIDAD Y BIENESTAR; RESPETANDO TOTALMENTE SU DERECHO DE LIBERTAD Y PROTECCIÓN. NINGÚN SER VIVO DEBE SUFRIR, NADIE MERECE LA TORTURA, NI EL CAUTIVERIO, NI LA ESCLAVITUD; TAMPOCO EL SECUESTRO. TODO ESTO ES SIEMPRE UN CRIMEN QUE SE TIENE QUE CONTROLAR Y CASTIGAR SEVERAMENTE POR MEDIO DE LA LEY.

  5. make laws to defend the great animals now.

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