My beliefs and Why this Page
I believe the best way of providing a brighter tomorrow for everyone, in the UK, is by implementing an animal abuse register to help end animal cruelty. Furthermore, I believe to get the best result for the animal abuse register in the United Kingdom is by reaching out to those who are interested in the register and reach a common vision. My husband and I are quite accessible. Either of us are willing to speak to anyone at anytime regarding our vision for the register and how the campaign can help them.
Sadly, very recently I have become aware of third-parties, not affiliated with the Justice for Chunky Campaign, providing false information about the campaign’s position on the animal abuse register. At the moment I am mortified that this has happened and I am addressing the issue with those who hold the wrong data. At a minimum, I believe giving out wrong information about the Justice for Chunky position without authorisation and without contacting us for clarification, is negligent. By negligently giving out wrong information I believe, it also amounts to a breach of the Data Protection Act and at worst amounts to defamation. In order to combat the spread of wrong information about the campaign, I am putting together this page to clarify the campaign’s position and it will be periodically updated.
Underpinning of My Vision
I believe, government has a contract with the people it represents. As a part of that contract, people give up certain rights in order to have protection, security, property rights; and safety. This means, I believe, the role of government is limited. It means government can better provide rights instead of having a feudal system whereby each individual tries asserting their rights and fighting, if necessary to the death, to protect them.
As a nation, Britain has moved beyond a feudal system, whereby individuals assert their rights through force, to a parliamentary democracy. In order for a government, I believe, for a government to define its relationship with those who have elected them, a government pass laws to fulfill its duty to the people. Elections are, I believe, away of either reaffirming the relationship by keeping the status quo or by seeking a redefinition of the relationship by electing a new government. Therefore, I believe, laws are the reflection of what society values and much can be learned about a society by its laws.
As a part of the British government to fulfill its duty of providing protection and security, I believe it is necessary to have an animal abuse register. Over the last few years there has been a lot of focus on animal cruelty in the media resulting in several animal rights campaigns starting and mine is one of them. I believe, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is outdated and needs revising. Based on my contacts, research, and discussions I believe the following:
- Animal cruelty does not only harm the animal and the owner of the animal, it harms society.
- Animal cruelty for some, not all, is a gateway to more violent crime against people.
- I believe, all animals need protecting. Nonetheless, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in a world with limited resources and where society places different values on very similar events. Therefore, I believe definition of animal under the Animal Welfare Act needs modifying by classifying animals. Such a change will improve limited resources for enforcement and better protect the public.
- Longer sentencing is needed in order to provide an effective deterrence against animal cruelty.
- Rehabilitation should be considered if there is a suitable program that meets the individual’s needs. However putting someone in rehabilitation for animal cruelty for the sake of putting them in rehabilitation or repeatedly putting them in rehabilitation when previous attempts have failed is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
- A register is a good way to report on the crime, track those, and put programs in place to help them.
- A register may cut vigilantism against those who commit animal cruelty
- Register, if done correctly, can be self-funding. However, I have serious reservations regarding a license fee model.
- How the register operates, checks required, and how it is administered is up to the government.
- The register should work within the law to strengthen our laws. A register can be a quite a powerful tool and it needs to used ethically. I believe the register should not promote a political ideology, it should not promote a life-style ideology, and it should not promote any social justice cause. An animal abuse register
- I oppose using the register to promote a ban on religious slaughter or using the register to limit religious slaughter.
- Whilst I know many vegans and vegetarians, I do not believe the animal abuse register is a good way to ban eating meat and I do not believe banning meat is a viable option.
- I believe sufficient checks need to be in place to protect information, ensure the solution works for the United Kingdom, and where appropriate laws are changed to ensure information stored in the register is protected.
- Finally I do not believe “reinventing the wheel,” when a solution that can be adapted for the United Kingdom already exists.
In the rest of this document, I will address my position and in particular address the false information that is circulating.