Warning: Brexit Will Impact The Animal Abuse Register

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Warning: Brexit Will Impact The Animal Abuse Register

Since  David Cameron announced the EU referendum on leaving the EU, the topic of Brexit dominates the media. After the referendum and now with formal talks to leave the EU starting, It is impossible to escape hearing something about Brexit. Any other topic relating to Brexit or any other newsworthy topic does not get the attention it deserves. The focus on Brexit leaves a large vacuum on other important topics like Brexit impact on animal welfare and the potential impact of Brexit on the animal abuse register

In the article, I am going to cover three issues: Why the lack coverage, possible impact on the animal abuse register and what the future can hold for the animal abuse register.

What Impact Will Brexit Have On Animal Welfare

As I understand it, EU regulations regarding animal welfare only cover transporting of animals within the EU. This means farm animals, not domestic or wild and animals used for testing are primarily covered by EU legislation. This means unless the animal is being used to test cosmetics or is a farm animal then most likely EU regulations do not apply.

Brexit Potential Impact

Currently, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is the court of last hope that will take appeals from the UK Supreme Court and Europen Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will rule on any matter regarding human rights issues. In a post-Brexit world, there are plans to streamline this by making the UK Supreme Court the final authority.

Post-Brexit Animal Abuse Register

I have extensively written regarding my vision for the animal abuse register and I have written a few position papers on various issues relating to the animal abuse register. For the sake of brevity I will not cover them here and if you want to read them then click on the above links.

When I look at the work various states in the United States have done on the animal abuse register and animal rights laws, especially companion animals, I am dismayed at how far behind the United Kingdom is on this topic. Below are a few examples where the United Kingdom lags:

 

StateStatuteDate AdoptedDescriptionlink
ArizonaC. R. S. A. § 15-11-901Not available Requiring Pet Stores to provide vertrinarian certificate of health at time of sale and allows customer to return pet within 2 weeks if animal is illhttps://www.animallaw.info/statute/az-pet-sales-title-44-trade-and-commerce-chapter-11-regulations-concerning-particular
 Colorado C. R. S. A. § 18-6-800.3  1989Animals (e.g. family pet) included in definition of domestic abusehttps://www.animallaw.info/statute/co-domestic-violence-animals-and-domestic-violence-definition
 Colorado  C. R. S. A. § 35-80-101 – 117  1994 Regulating the sale of animals and ensuring no animal under 8 weeks is sold. Failure to comply can result in criminal charges https://www.animallaw.info/statute/co-pet-shop-article-80-pet-animal-care-and-facilities-act
 Colorado C. R. S. A. § 15-11-901 1994Creation of a trust for animals for the care of animals and their offspring for up to 21 years after the owner dies.https://www.animallaw.info/statute/co-trusts-pets-article-11-intestate-succession-and-wills
 Iowa  IA ST §§ 236.3, 236.4, 236.5  1979 Allows a judge to issue an order against a domestic abuser to stay away from family pethttps://www.animallaw.info/statute/ia-domestic-violence-chapter-236-domestic-abuse 
 Iowa  IA ST § 717B.1 – 717E.3  Not AvailableSimilar law to Tennessee. Iowa provides a definition of animal but includes exclusions for livestock, fish, animals raised for fur, and other exclusions. Finally, law provides various criminal penalties depending on the offence https://www.animallaw.info/statute/ia-cruelty-injury-animals-other-livestock
 Indiana  IN ST 9-21-17-21; 16-32-3-1 – 5; 22-9-6-5; 22-9-5-9.5; 22-9-5-20; 35-31.5-2-295; 35-46-3-11.5; 3-11-9-5  Not AvailableLaw defines service animal and provide for criminal charges for anyone who harms a service animal. In addition, this provides further legal protection for those who use service animals.https://www.animallaw.info/statute/assistance-animal-assistance-animalguide-dog-laws#s35_46_3_11_5
 Lousiana  LSA-R.S 46:1951 – 1959; LA R.S. 21:52; LA R.S. 32:217; LA R.S. 14:39  Not AvailableSimilar to Indiana’s law that defines criminal penalties for injuring a service dog and provides owner of a service dog further legal protectionhttps://www.animallaw.info/statute/la-assistance-animal-assistance-animalguide-dog-laws#s1955
 Lousiana LSA-R.S. 46:2135 1982Law allows issuing of a restraining order for domestic violence to protect animals from abuse.https://www.animallaw.info/statute/la-domestic-violence-chapter-28-protection-family-violence-act

The above table is just a sample of laws states have implemented to further protect animals from cruelty and the sample demonstrates the United Kingdom is lacking. Furthermore, Michigan State University has a marvelous resource on animal laws in the world.

Analysis

I believe all animals need to be protected from abuse and cruelty. Nonetheless, I am a realist and realise animals such as dogs play a vital role in our daily lives. A dog, for example, works with the police, the military, as a service dog and a pet. Now when you compare a dog to a pigeon what is more vital for society to function. Granted, both have a vital function in our lives. However, I believe animals that have a role to help us function and to protect us should receive more protection. Brexit will not greatly impact animal welfare laws and I do not believe Brexit will kill the push towards the animal abuse register.  Instead, I believe Brexit does open the opportunity for the United Kingdom to expand on animal welfare. In particular, the United Kingdom can begin exploring defining

When I look at the issue of Brexit I do not believe it will not greatly impact animal welfare laws and I do not believe Brexit will kill the push towards the animal abuse register.  Instead, I believe Brexit does open the opportunity for the United Kingdom to expand on animal welfare. In particular, the United Kingdom can begin exploring defining

In particular, Brexit can allow the United Kingdom can begin exploring defining an animal as it relates to service and defining criminal charges based on crime and definition instead of a “one size fits all” approach. I believe a “one size fits all,” approach makes it more difficult to allocate limited resources and it makes it difficult to put in place deterrents to prevent animal cruelty.  The best approach I believe is defining animal-based on function and base sentencing on function along with the severity of the crime and intent is a better approach. By leaving the EU, the ECHR, and ECJ I believe it will make it easier for the government to expand on animal welfare laws by offering more protection without the of the added expense and the added time (usually in years) of going to the European courts.

I believe the two quickest wins can be including protection for the family pet in domestic violence cases and providing service animals, like seeing eye dogs, further protection. This protection can include harsher sentences for anyone who harms a service animal and strengthening protection under the Equality Act.

So, do I fear Brexit? No. Instead of seeing the possibilities Brexit can provide, especially if this government keeps its promises about leaving ECJ and ECHR. Finally, I see Brexit may make it easier for the animal abuse register to come to fruition and provide the protection all of the desire to protect our pets from cruelty.

 

 

 

Warning: 5 Stereotypes Hurting Animal Abuse Register Movement

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Does Stereotypes Still Exist in 2017?

Does Stereotypes still exist in 2017? What is a stereotype? Does having a stereotype serve a purpose? Equality Act, Human Rights Act, and other legislation means stereotypes do not exist?

Speaking with people, either on social media or in person, about the animal abuse register I can easily say in 2017 stereotypes still exist.  I am writing this article in order to raise an awareness and challenge the ideas held. Furthermore, I believe the below stereotypes are hurting the movement for the animal abuse register. In this article, I am going to explore how stereotypes are hurting the animal abuse register cause and what can be done to fix it?

Definition of Stereotype

Before, speaking about how stereotypes impact the animal abuse register. It is important to define stereotype. At its core, a stereotype is a set of rules we use to interact with our world. It can protect us and give us guidance on how to respond. Nonetheless, using stereotypes can have negative consequences.

History provides many examples of the negative consequences of stereotypes. An extreme example are the Jim Crow laws that defines separate but equal (see, Plessey v Ferguson). Jim Crow laws are laws passed by Southern States during the Reconstruction period in post Civil War America leading to segregation of African Americans. It was not until post-WWII American did the seed of change take root leading to the civil rights marches and Supreme Court decisions like Brown v Topeka Board of Education which eventually led improving civil rights for all.

It goes without saying Jim Crow laws are discrimination. Nonetheless, for discrimination to occur the must be a basis. I believe that basis is having a stereotype. Without challenging stereotypes they can become barrier to progress and ultimately hurt society. Below are four stereotypes people hold about supporters of the animal abuse register.

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Four Stereotypes Hurting Animal Abuse Register

1) Activism is Extremism

First thing to remember, those who support the register are animal rights activists. In my opinion there is nothing wrong being an activist. An activist, in my opinion, means someone who has passion about a cause and is willing to speak for it. However, the term activist, in media shows the extreme. Whereby, people taking their support of a cause to the point the individual is willing invoke violence. This leads people to link activism with extremism.

2) All Animal Rights Supporters are Vegans

It is important to realise, there is nothing wrong with being a vegan. Nonetheless, it is not correct to believe all animal abuse register supporters are vegans.

3) Vegans are the Only Ones who can speak about Animal Abuse

A point often overlooked, statistically about 0.8% of the UK population is vegan. This is a very small number that lacks an ability to influence the wider population. So why does this matter? I will tell you. The only time I experience exclusion is when talking about the register with a vegan. Exclusion means, being excluded not because of the experience you can contribute but because you behaviour does not mirror their behaviour. Granted this sounds a lot like playground behaviour but sadly, it is alive in the UK today.  It  is a barrier attitude whereby either I must become a vegan before my views can be accepted and can advocate for the register. Such a position is discriminatory like the Jim Crow laws. What is the purpose of exclusion? It is not helping to progress the register.

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In comparison, from interacting with my supporters, I strongly believe the clear majority are not vegans. If we apply the 0.8% rule to my petition and assume 600,000 signatures. Then it means only 4800 out of 600,000 are vegans or approximately 595,200 are not vegans.

Are Vegans Hurting the Animal Abuse Register Movement?

I struggle to decide what stereotype is more damaging: activism is extremism or vegans are the only one who can speak about animal abuse. In my honest opinion, I believe this stereotype is more damaging. Why? Because it is exclusionary by believing 99.2% of the UK population cannot speak for animal cruelty because they are not vegans. Finally I believe this attitude is damaging because vegans are missing an opportunity to reach out to others to bring about a necessary change. In my opinion it is not social justice but discrimination being masked by an ideology.

4) All Animals Abuse Register Supporters Believe All Animals Are Created Equally

All Animals Must Be Protected from Cruelty

I do not believe animals should go without protection from animal cruelty. Nonetheless it is important to realise, as a society we value animals differently. I believe there are three broad categories: service animals, livestock, and wild. Each has value, worth, and importance. Furthermore, I believe, when we look deep inside of ourselves, I believe, we want to believe we see animals having the same value. However, I believe there is a disconnect between our desire and our actions.

Not All Animals Are Created Equally

I challenge you. The next time you travel look at your surroundings. On the bus, you may see a seeing eye dog. Likewise, at the airport you may see a dog sniffing for drugs, bombs, or illegal food. Maybe someone has a therapy animal with them or a helper monkey. Likewise, police and military uses dogs too. Even your neighbours will have a dog, cat, parrot; or hamster. You will never see a person walking a badger, pig, or their pet cow in the park. Britain is a nation of pet owners.

Media Does Not Treat Animal Abuse Equally

Media reflects the values a society holds. Next time when reading the paper, look for someone abusing their pet fish or hurting a wild mouse caught in a mouse trap? I am willing to bet, you more likely to find as story about someone hurting a dog or a cat than a pet fish.

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Reality of Enforcement: It Costs Money

From my experience I believe there is a disconnect between idealism and practicality. There is a lot of idealism to save everything but there is almost no talk on how do you afford it? To answer this, hink about the larger picture. If someone asks you, “do you want me to protect your dog, a cow, or a badger?” The question may sound ridiculous and your reaction maybe your dog. Think, if you want to protect all three, how will you respond? Protecting an animal from cruelty costs money and it requires people to do it. Where does the time and money come from to pay for:

  • IT software
  • IT hardware
  • People
  • Vehicles
  • Petrol
  • Maintenance of vehicles
  • Website design
  • Website maintenance
  • Training / support
  • Customer Support
  • Enforcement
  • Other expenses

How do you pay for it? In an ideal world, all animals are equal and receive equal protection. Under real-world circumstances there are limitations. Meaning, something must be given priority over something else. I believe, the reason for so much attention in the media regarding animal cruelty is the result of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 not differentiating between different types of animals. Instead the penalty for cruelty to a dog is the same for a badger or a cow. Is that fair?

5) All Supporters of the Animal Abuse Register are Progressive

There is a stereotype anyone supporting the register holds a progressive ideology or should subscribe to it. Simply put we are a homogeneous group sharing similar beliefs. From my contact with my supporters I do not believe this is true. Instead I believe, among my supporters the is a yearning for longer sentencing without rehabilitation and a need to protect the family pet from abuse. This goes very much against the idea of rehabilitation or believing the Animal Welfare 2006 is the perfect solution for solving animal cruelty. In my honest opinion, I do not believe those who support the animal abuse register are a homogeneous group. Instead we are a very diverse group with varying political opinions.  

Animal Abuse Register is not an Ideology but a Movement

My vision for the animal abuse register is not about advocating for or against a vegan lifestyle. It is not about conservatism, green, or progressive political ideology. Instead it is a movement about protecting animals from cruelty. The movement is about being realistic about enforcement, cost, and societal values. It is our belief, the best way, with limited resources, is accepting society puts different values on animals. Such as statement may shock you but it is reality. Furthermore, it our belief, those animals that improve lives must receive the most protection. Reason being, cruelty to a service type of animal also impacts its family thereby damaging society.

Moving Forward

In conclusion, call it what you want: stereotype, bullying, or discrimination. It is all the same. If the register is to happen then all sides need to work together and put aside stereotypical ideology behind them. Only be working together can we make the register happen and protect all of Britain.

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Share Your Animal Abuse Register Vision

I am lucky. Over the last 18 months I get the opportunity to meet some amazing people and hear their animal abuse register vision. Occasionally, someone on my Justice for Chunky Facebook site will share the views with me their animal abuse register vision. Furthermore, from speaking with people who support my campaign there seems to be agreement on the need for longer sentences. However almost no one will state what the register should contain or how the register operates. This is fine because the idea is simple but the issues behind having an animal abuse register are complex.

Nonetheless, I like to reach out to others to hear their views because the best animal abuse register will be the one in which there is engagement. The important thing is that you do not need to understand all of the issues. Instead the important point is having an opinion that you want to share. Therefore, I am looking to hear your opinion, your thoughts, and your animal abuse register vision. My question to you if you are given the opportunity to design an animal abuse register:

  • What will it include?
  • Length of of sentence
  • Your definition of animal. What will the register cover (pets, all animals, domesticated, something else)
  • Will the register be public or private?
  • Can employers use it for employment checks?
  • How long will someone be on the register?  Can they ever come off of it?
  • Last question, how will you fund the register? (taxes, fees, fines, use your imagination)

Finally, have fun with the idea. Think about it and use the below form to share you thoughts with me.

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Maxine Berry Justice for Chunky Campaign Animal Abuse Register

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Introduction:

My beliefs and Why this Page

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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:

  1. Animal cruelty does not only harm the animal and the owner of the animal, it harms society.
  2. Animal cruelty for some, not all, is a gateway to more violent crime against people.
  3. 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.
  4. Longer sentencing is needed in order to provide an effective deterrence against animal cruelty.
  5. 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.
  6. A register is a good way to report on the crime, track those, and put programs in place to help them.
  7. A register may cut vigilantism against those who commit animal cruelty
  8. Register, if done correctly, can be self-funding. However, I have serious reservations regarding a license fee model.
  9. How the register operates, checks required, and how it is administered is up to the government.
  10. 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
  11. I oppose using the register to promote a ban on religious slaughter or using the register to limit religious slaughter.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

Overcoming Roadblocks and Misconceptions: Journey to the Animal Abuse Register Maxine Berry Tireless Fight for Those Without a Voice

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Endless Possibilities: The start Maxine Berry’s Journey

We are living in a truly exciting time, in the United Kingdom. Brexit and the upcoming general election provide endless possibilities. The most exciting possibility began about 8 months before the vote to leave the European Union, in November 2016. It is the Animal Abuse Register, Justice for Chunky, petition started by Maxine Berry.

Tennessee Based Register Modified for United Kingdom Standards

Her vision is having a register, similar to the state of Tennessee, whereby family pets are protected and those who abuse animals face longer sentences. The amazing thing about Maxine’s vision, the register not only protects pets but people too. At this point, you may be gobsmacked believing the register will only protect pets? Reality, there is a link between those who abuse animals and the increased likelihood they will harm people. No link is 100% and there are other factors that influence the decision, like longer sentences.

Now, imagine the UK having Maxine’s vision what type of country will we have? This author believes it is a safer country. Whereby animal cruelty, especially against family pets decrease, domestic violence decrease, and where appropriate support is given to help those overcome their violent ways. In essence creating a brighter tomorrow for many people living in the United Kingdom.

Is Anti-Americanism a Roadblock?

Next, if the register will protect people. Then how come the United Kingdom does not have the register? No path to change is simple and because animal cruelty is an emotive issue, there will be roadblocks along the way. When Maxine started her journey, she was realistic and knew it was not going to be easy. Her belief in making pets safe from harm and keeping people safe is her driving motivation. Currently, one roadblock Maxine is facing is the collective feeling inferior to America along with a bit of anti-Americanism. She will not let anti-Americanism or a feeling from other of feeling inferior to America.

UK Papers Can Publish Names and Photographs of Those Convicted of a Crime but the Animal Abuse Register Cannot?

So where does this roadblock originate from? The state of Tennessee since January 2016 implemented an animal abuse register for the whole state and 10 other states are currently legislating some form of animal abuse register. The argument that Maxine Berry is facing lies in the public exposure of those on the register. In the United Kingdom it is easy to search a local paper; find someone convicted of a crime with their photograph published and name published.

Publishing Names Leads to Vigilantism: Fact or Fiction?

Moving on, a part of the roadblock lies in the belief public exposure will lead to vigilantism. So what evidence exists Tennessee model will lead to vigilantism? This author has spent time searching for records indicating vigilantism after implementing the animal abuse register in Tennessee. At the time of writing this article, this author cannot find any reported cases of vigilantism in the state of Tennessee against those on the register.

This brings up the next question what about the UK? This author can find sporadic reports of vigilantism against sex offenders. Nonetheless shortly after the UK introduced the sex offenders; register vigilantism appeared to have decreased. This article seems to suggest the link between the media and fueling vigilantism.

Another issue this raises, there is a difference between those who commit animal cruelty and those who commit sex offences?

Why Design an Original Register When a Model Already Exists?

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Many people fear Maxine is advocating a “naming and shaming” of those convicted of animal cruelty. In response to the misinformation, Maxine explicitly advocates it is not the public naming of individuals that makes the Tennessee model ‘an out-of-the-box solution.’ Instead Maxine continuously states it is the legislation. In particular, it is the longer sentences for those who abuse animals and the definition of animal that makes the Tennessee model that can be easily modified to fit the needs of the UK. If MPs review the cost and benefit analysis done by Maxine’s husband Brian they will see it is more cost effective to focus limiting the definition of animal to companion animals than the wide encompassing definition of animal as provided under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and MPs will see over time the animal abuse register can be self-sustaining.

Tennessee Model Works

All things considered, how come United Kingdom has not implemented an animal abuse register based on the Tennessee model? What is the reason the animal abuse register, based on the Tennessee model, has not become law in the UK? Is it beliefs rooted in British inferiority to America, is it anti-Americanism, or a combination of? Such a question may seem harsh and maybe unfair. Nonetheless the question needs to be asked. It is important to remember, Maxine advocates it is the legislation not the public naming that makes the Tennessee model viable.

Furthermore evidence suggests the register might decrease vigilantism and the evidence suggests there is no link between the two, regardless of the model used. Moreover, the Tennessee model is a working model that has been around since January 2016 and has a history. Finally there is some evidence to suggest a UK animal abuse register (point of sale and employer checks) based on the Tennessee model is cheaper and may be self-sufficient without the need for strict enforcement or violating civil liberties.

Finally

Regardless of anti-Americanism and regardless of some feeling inferior to American exceptionalism in the field of animal rights, Maxine Berry will continue to fight for animal rights. She will continue for fight for the Tennessee model because it is the most cost-effective and the easiest to implement. Plus the Tennessee model provides an excellent model for legislation in defining animals and sentencing. It is time for us to unite to protect our pets and protect those who do not have a voice. By implementing an animal abuse register based on the Tennessee model we can make millions of lives better in a very short time.

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How updating the Animal Welfare Act 2006 Make Britain Safer?

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How updating the Animal Welfare Act 2006 Make Britain Safer?

Intro

Imagine a place where bullying, abuse, and violence disappears? What does it look like? How does it make you feel? Do you feel technology can protect us by knowing if someone has a violent past? Will you feel more secure if the police knew where violent people live and was using that information to make our communities safer? Sound too good to be true? Maybe, but there is a something that can help to make Britain safer and decrease violence in society.

In order to make us safe and to protect us we must be willing to take a risk. Brexit offers the opportunity UK to control and make us safer. So, how can we become safer by reducing abuse and violence? The answer is simple an animal abuse register.

Animal Register: The Basics

How can an animal abuse register reduce abuse and violence in this country? In order to understand how an animal abuse register can make Britain safer it is important to understand the very basics. First, the term animal abuse register creates a lot of questions, such as: what is an animal? Animal Welfare Act 2006 defines animal in section1 but whilst it does a marvelous attempt in defining animal it raises questions about application to invertebrates and how can it be successfully funded to allow enforcement? Maxine Berry through her Justice for Chunky petition calls for a register to protect our pets, companion animals. The state of Tennessee animal abuse register, as defined by Tennessee’s legislation establishing the register, an animal is defined as a companion that is not livestock and not wild. This means only those animals kept as companions, such as dogs or cats, will be covered.

This raises the next question; how will the register operate? A more detailed explanation can be found here. The register will only include those who have either been convicted of qualifying charge or pleads guilty to a qualifying charge. As a part of sentencing the individual will be placed on the register, by the courts, for a qualifying period based on the severity of the charge and if they have been previously charged for another qualifying offence. Once placed on the register, it will then become the responsibility of the convicted to provide up to date and accurate information. Failure to comply can result in serving further jail time. While on the register the individual will be barred from owning or caring for a pet. Also, it is proposed while on the register the individual will not be allowed to work with the vulnerable, the old, or the young.

Information Access:

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As for who can access the information? Brighter Tomorrow, owned in part by Maxine Berry, envision the information being held on a database and when required the information is searched with an indication if the person is on the register. Only those who have a right to the information (sellers and employers) and pays a fee can access it. Nonetheless, Brighter Tomorrow is open to the idea of a public register, like Tennessee, but the government needs to make money to fund it. By limiting access and paying a fee makes the register self-funding. Plus it protects the information held on it. Otherwise it will be no better than the current Animal Welfare Act 2006.

At this stage I hope you are still with me and not sleeping. If you are get a cup of coffee or a hot milky tea. Glad you are back and want to learn more. I realise the above is not the most interesting or exciting; however, it provides important information on the framework and how the register will operate. For those of you who are familiar with the Police National Computer (PNC), maybe asking, why the register if we already have this? There are two fundamental reasons. First the PNC is not accessible to the public. Second the PNC is about holding crime information such as vehicle information and it is meant to solve crimes. Whereas the registry is about providing an additional tool that contains information about the individual, the crime, and sentence. The registry will provide an additional tool and provide accessible information to the public.

Why Change the Animal Welfare Act 2006?

After discussing the foundation of how the register will operate, I am sure the big looming question is why change the Animal Welfare Act 2006? First reason, from what I understand, there is a lack of funding for enforcement. As stated earlier the Animal Welfare Act 2006 covers all animals and can cover invertebrates too. Thereby making it difficult to set priorities, difficult to enforce, and limits funding for enforcement. This means does enforcement focuses on protecting pets, badgers, horses, or pigeons? Where are enforcement officers sent? Who is charged under the Act? It leaves a lot of questions that need to be answer and because of broad focus very difficult to enforce.

Another reason for the register, it provides vital information about those convicted of animal abuse that anyone can access. It also provides a funding mechanism when more information is needed from employers and the general public. Depending on the funding model selected it is possible the register can be self-funding.

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Third reason for updating the Animal Welfare Act, regards how animals are treated in the Act. In America, for example, there is a growing trend to change the reference from pet owners to pet guardians. This semantic change may seem minor but it is very powerful. A failure of the Animal Welfare Act is animals are treated like property (e.g. X-Box, home computer, stove, etc.) and the shift to guardian means unable to manage own affairs. Changing from owner to guardian allows a necessary change in the law. It allows for tougher sentencing because harm to animal means harm to something that cannot care for itself and not simple property damage.

Next reason for changing Animal Welfare Act 2006 is sentencing is too lax. Maximum sentence is six months and most do not even see jail. The diminishes the serious nature of animal cruelty and make it seem like a “slap on the wrist.”

DEFRA has been asked to review our vision  and has not acted upon it. Stories like Chunky happen on a daily basis and highlights how the Animal Welfare Act 2006 fails our most vulnerable. The registry provides a way forward and offers a route to bring UK in line with other countries that value animals.

The immediate focus is getting the registry along with the appropriate funding for enforcement, changes to sentencing, and change to Animal Welfare Act 2006 to bring about effective change. This is a long and at a point where public support is crucial. I ask our supporters to attend the MPs surgery, write their MP, email their MP, Facebook message them, tweet them, and to do the same for DEFRA.

I am convinced the registry can make a positive and long-lasting change in the UK. The change will mean better lives for everyone. For us to have a better life, with less violence and abuse, comes a very little cost and with minimal disruption. All we need now is continued support from the public and support of our government.

Conclusion

Finally I believe the Animal Welfare Act 2006 has merit and should be retained. Nonetheless, I believe by reforming the Act and focusing on companion animals it can lead to more prosecutions and have a lasting impact on crime reduction.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will support the cause.

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Animal Abuse Register: Why Does Britain Need it?

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As we are all aware, 8 June 2017 is the general election in the United Kingdom, which left the UK with a minority led Conservative government. For the Conservative government to be able govern they have entered into a Confidence and Supply agreement with the DUP. The DUP is, from our understanding, supporters of the animal abuse register in Northern Ireland.

So what is the the Animal Abuse Register? In its most simplest terms, it is an opportunity to stop animal cruelty by providing longer sentences and it is an opportunity to stop animal cruelty by tracking those who abuse animal through the register. It is a way of making animal cruelty more costly and riskier for those who chose to abuse animals. Form another perspective, it is a way of protecting society by removing those from society who abuse animals and ensuring they are not able to work with those who are the least likely to report abuse. It is a way of saying no to bullying and abuse.

Attached to this link is a brief guide about the animal abuse register. It briefly explains what the register is and briefly explains why it is needed. Other articles on this site provides a more detailed discussion and links to more in-depth information, including cost / benefit analysis about the register and political parties supporting the register. It is a great time to get our voices heard regarding the need for the animal abuse register and it is a great time to make the political parties aware of the need for one.

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What is Brighter Tomorrow? Brighter Tomorrow is an extension of AAR – Animal Abuse Register / Justice for Chunky page on Facebook. Purpose of this site is allow individuals who are not typically on Facebook find us and for those on Facebook it provides information that may not always be easy to find. This site will contain the core information, not all of the news stories and updates you find on the Facebook site. Furthermore this site our supporters the opportunity to interact, ask questions, learn about the animal abuse register campaign; and to further understand our goal.

Next, there is another purpose to this site. Maxine, founder of the Justice for Chunky petition, wants to sell slime, soaps, candles, jewellery; and provide animal abuse register campaign items. Campaign related items will be similar to the Justice for Chunky t-shirts and coffee mugs that have been previously provided. However campaign related items will mean they will come from a third-party supplier. By being able to make these items for you, it will give Maxine of saying thank you for the support and hopefully it will allow you to feel a part of the campaign. Also, it will give you the change to buy something personally made by her and a chance to support the campaign.

Please bear with us, since additions to this will be over time and and it is our hope you will visit us regularly to see our offerings.

We look to see you back often.

Thank you for your support,

Maxine Berry

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Can You Spare 5 Minutes? 30 Ideas for Supporting the Animal Abuse Register

Change does not instantly happen.  Instead change is slow, sometimes with set-backs, other times there are delays and for change to occur it requires support. Over the last 18 months we have seen change slowly happen and an animal abuse register is quite possible, though not guaranteed. Currently we have over a half-million voices that have signed the petition calling for an animal abuse register in the UK. The more interest people take in helping the more likely the register can become a reality. To you, it may not seem possible that one person can make a difference but from what I have seen, I believe we all have the power to make a difference. Below is a list of 25 things you can do today to make a difference and contribute in helping us deliver the animal abuse register. Finally I encourage you to periodically check back because I may add to it or make changes.

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1.       Write your MP supporting the animal abuse register.

2.       Write your MP advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals

3.       Write your MP about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.

4.       Write DEFRA supporting animal abuse register

5.       Write DEFRA advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals.

6.       Write our PM supporting the animal abuse register

7.       Write our PM advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals

8.       Write our PM about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.

9.       Write the editor of your local paper supporting animal abuse register

10.   Write the editor of your local paper advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals

11.   Write the editor of your local paper about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.

12.   Attend a surgery of your local MP by discussing supporting the register

13.   Attend a surgery of your local MP to discuss the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.

14.   Sign the petition calling for an animal abuse register

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15.   Tweet about the need for animal abuse register, include @MaxineBerry40

16.   Tweet about the need to rewrite the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to include longer sentencing, include @MaxineBerry40

17.   Tweet about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes, include @MaxineBerry40

18.   If you are a member of a political party promote the idea of having an animal abuse register

19.   If you are a member of a political party promote the idea Animal Welfare Act 2006 needs to include longer sentences for those who abuse animals.

20.   If you are a member of a political party promote the need for register because those who abuse animal are more likely to commit more serious crimes if not stopped.

21.   Write to us at sales@brightertomorrow.info for a list of branded items for sale to help promote the call for an animal abuse register.

22.   Contribute to our cause calling for an animal abuse register by clicking on Donate button on this site.

23.   Visit our Facebook page for information

24.   Become involved in your local community regarding the care and treatment of animals

25.   Volunteer time at your local animal shelter.

26.   Attend a town-hall meeting ask candidates about their support for the animal abuse register

27.   Ask a candidate about their support for the animal register

28.  Write the news stations asking why they are not asking candidates about supporting the register

29.   Write the news stations asking why they are not leaders of political parties about their support for the register.

30.   Ask a candidate if they support tougher sentencing for those who abuse animals

 

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1)      Will the animal abuse register outlaw religious ritual slaughter? No. The animal abuse register will operate within current laws and only place those convicted of violating an identified law on the register. Even if a future government bans religious slaughter, Kosher and Hallah, for example, Maxine and Brian will not advocate those who slaughter animals for religious purpose are placed on the register. Why? To begin with, the register is not about promoting a promoting a political ideology nor is about changing religious practices. Neither Maxine or Brian are familiar enough with Hallah slaughter to comment but knows something about the Jewish slaughter. The Jewish tradition for slaughtering animals, sometimes called shechita, has strict criteria that respects the animal and takes the animal’s welfare into consideration. For the slaughter to be considered Kosher certain conditions must be met, including looking after the welfare of the animal before slaughter and performing the slaughter in the way to bring about immediate death thereby sparing pain. If the conditions are not met, then animal is not considered Kosher. This means for a Kosher slaughter to occur the welfare of the animal must be considered and be done in a way that is that is painless. Finally, religion has a place and to use the register to ban religious ritual slaughter of animals goes against the purpose of the register.

2)      Does promoting the register means you are advocating vegetarianism or veganism? No. We respect individual choices and do not believe the register should go beyond its intended purpose of supporting the current legislative framework nor should it be used to promote an ideology.

3)      Will fox hunting be outlawed? Our vision for the register is based on the law in Tennessee and under the law animals that are considered wild and killed are not included.  Thus, now, we do not foresee fox hunting being covered by the register.

4)      What will the register accomplish? It is our vision an animal abuse register will help to reduce crimes against animals and people. Animals cannot speak for themselves and needs a guardian to speak for them and a register gives animals their voice. Moreover, some who abuse animals will abuse or kill people. This does not mean everyone who abuses an animal will become a murder. Nonetheless, a register can identify those at risk for more violent crimes by providing the necessary support for them and their families. Therefore, the register will be a way of creating a safer and more secure Britain.

5)      What will be considered an animal for the register? Under the Green Party policy, the definition of animal is any animal covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 sections 1 – 2 and does not include invertebrate animals. Nonetheless, whilst we accept Green Party definition, our vision is based on the Tennessee model whereby the definition of animal is subdivided into four categories: wild animal, animal, livestock, and service animal. Whereby, sentencing and length on the register is based on the classification of the animal.

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6)      Do you only support rehabilitation of those convicted of animal cruelty? Rehabilitation has a role, especially with juvenile offenders. Currently we are not fully convinced rehabilitation is the only answer and believe longer sentencing with rehabilitation is the answer.

7)      Will juveniles be placed on the register? Our vision, especially for juveniles under the age of 13 years old, we would advocate intervention of social service and the courts to support the family instead of placing a juvenile that young on the register. However, for a juvenile that is at least 13 years old we would support placing a juvenile on the register. Our reasoning, animal cruelty can be a gateway for more heinous crimes. The register provides a tool to track the individual and provide support needed to stop the individual from committing further crimes.

8)      Will everyone convicted of a crime against an animal be on the register for a lifetime? For most people convicted of an animal crime will come off the register and only a few, we anticipate will remain on the register for a lifetime.

9)      Why does Britain need an animal abuse register? Animals are not able to speak for themselves and as their guardians, it is our duty to protect them. Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, is severely underfunded and in 2016 there was a 43% drop in animal cruelty conviction from 2014. Even if someone is convicted, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum sentence is six months. In answer to the question, animal abuse register provides a mechanism to track those who are convicted of animal abuse and provides a funding mechanism for further prosecution. Finally, the register will provide tougher sentences and provide support for those who are convicted.

10)   Why is the Tennessee model the best? It is the model that has been around the longest and it is the model that is done on a wide scale. It is our belief, people in the UK focus too much on the public listing of names and photos of those convicted. Instead of focusing on the legislation. For Maxine and Brian, it is the legislation and not the public naming of individuals that makes the Tennessee model an ideal model.

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