The Zen of Understanding the Animal Abuse Register and the Work of Maxine Berry

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The Zen of Understanding the Animal Abuse Register and the Work of Maxine Berry

 

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Overview:

We have just completed the third phase of Justice for Chunky campaign by having the Green Party make the animal abuse register policy Nonetheless Brighter Tomorrow remains committed in having a register that will operate, like sex offender register, it will record individuals convicted of abusing animals and prevent them from owning animals. By having a register, it will keep those convicted from working with animals, owning animals, and prevent them working with vulnerable people.

Why is an animal abuse register necessary?

Mahatma Ghandi said, A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. As a society we need to protect society’s most vulnerable from abuse. Those who abuse animals are more likely to abuse people. By having an animal abuse register it will identify and prevent those who are likely to do harm from being in contact with the most vulnerable. This will lead to a lower incidences of animal abuse in this country and help lower violent crimes against people.

Before placing an individual on the register will an attempt be made to rehabilitate them?

At Brighter Tomorrow, we believe every legally competent adult is responsible for the choice they make and regardless of their background, they should be held accountable for their actions. It is our belief, as society we should have a zero-tolerance towards any form of animal abuse and do not believe a “second chance” approach is justified. Nonetheless, we believe where appropriate and where the individual’s needs meet the objective of a rehabilitation program, they should receive support to improve their life. This means any rehabilitation is done while the individual is on the register instead of in lieu of the register.

Will this campaign push for tougher sentencing of those who abuse animals?

We believe the laws around animal abuse are too lax, especially the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and encourage our supporters to write their MPs to push for tougher sentences for those who abuse animals. As discussions occur about how the register will operate and how to identify individuals who will be placed on the register, it is possible some laws may need to be changed. However, at this stage, asking for tougher sentences is not a part of our vision for the register.

 

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Maxine Berry being interviewed before submitting justice for chunky petition to DEFRA

How long will it take before the animal abuse registry becomes law?

We are following a process and it is difficult, at this stage, to predict. The more support we get and the more MPs are contacted the swifter this will become law.

Will Chunky still be a part of the campaign?

As we get updates about Chunky we will post them on Facebook and we will never forget Chunky. However, this campaign is bigger than one animal and it is about protecting all animals. So, yes Chunky will be a part of this campaign but he will not be the only focus.

Can I still sign the Justice for Chunky Petition?

Yes, you can sign it by clicking on the link.

Do you have a Facebook Page?

Yes we do, click on the link.

How is your Facebook Page, Justice for Chunky and Brighter Tomorrow are related?

Justice for Chunky page relates to the campaign. We also have a Brighter Tomorrow page on Facebook Brighter Tomorrow is about our fund raising for the campaign and items we sell from time-to-time. They are the same but two separate components

How do I donate?

We are a business, company number 10721118, created to raise money for the animal abuse register and if you click the Donate button at the bottom of the page you can contribute via PayPal.

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Can I have your contact details?

If you represent a media company, please email us by clicking this link. who will help you get in contact with us.

Can you please help me set-up or run my campaign?

We love having support and those who want to help our cause. Likewise, we love to help those to set-up and run their own campaign. Since we have limited time to help we do charge a small fee for our time. Please click this link and let us know more about your needs.

I have a similar campaign, cause, event or charity that wants you support. Will you help us?

Please email us by clicking this link. When contacting us please include, at a minimum, the following information:

  • Your cause
  • Contact Information including website and email address
  • Information about the cause, campaign, event, or charity
  • When it will occur / How long we will be needed
  • How we can help
  • Amount of time required

Once we have the information, we will review it and contact you with any further questions.

How can I support you?

Currently, the best way to help is to write you MP or write to the editor of your local paper advocating an animal abuse register. Other ways include using your twitter account to tweet your support for our campaign and by following us on Facebook. Finally click the donate button at the bottom of this page.

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Supporting Animal Abuse Register: A Brighter Tomorrow for your Dog

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Importance of Having the Register

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Supporting animal abuse register protects those without a voice.

Why is supporting animal abuse register important? It is not uncommon in today’s media to read about animal cruelty especially to dogs or cats. Animals, in today’s society are seen as mere property, disposable like a bar of chocolate or last year’s cocktail dress. Such treatment by the law makes them mere objects, not worthy of protection through guardianship  Under the current Animal Welfare Act 2006 maximum sentencing for animal cruelty is six months. How fair is that?

Before answering think for a moment. Your dog or cat is a member of your family. They are there do greet you, they do not share you secrets, and comforts you in your time of need. If someone would hurt or kill that trusted member of your family, should they get a longer sentence?

Now think about the six month sentence under the Animal Welfare Act? Knowing sentencing for animal cruelty does not exceed six months, how does that make you feel? How does reading a story about animal cruelty make you feel? I am willing to guess, hurt, angry, confused; and may even emotionally numb. Thinking about the injustice leaves us feeling wanting to help but if we continue

Animal Cruelty Reminds Us of Bulling and Feeling Vulnerable

In many ways stories about animal abuse, animal cruelty, reminds us of a time being bullied or it brings up feelings of when we felt helpless. In many ways it reminds us of a time when were vulnerable or helpless; a story about animal abuse reminds us about a time when we did not have a voice.

Giving a Voice to an Animal in Need

What can one lone person do to have a voice and to give their voice to an animal in need? There is one thing each one of us can do and it is supporting animal abuse register. Supporting animal abuse register will do two things. First it will put the names of those who are convicted of animal cruelty on a register. By being placed on the register it will mean pet shops and breeders will have to do a search before a pet can be sold. Those who appear on the register will not be allowed to purchase and those who are trying to obtain a pet for someone who is on the register can face prosecution under the Fraud Act 2006. Since the person will be on the register it will mean any employment check will need to include a check against the animal abuse register and if on the register then it will be up to the employer to make the decision. Last point, having the register will mean reporting can be done and it can be used for identifying families at risk.

Longer Sentencing

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Maxine Berry Supporting Animal Abuse Register by delivering her petition of nearly 500,000 signatures to DEFRA

Second, the register will lead to modification of the Animal Welfare 2006 to include tougher sentencing. There are some who feel tougher sentencing creates a warehouse where people learn to become better criminals. Society needs to be protected, especially from those who abuse animals. There is a link between animal abuse the more serious crimes. This does not mean everyone who abuses an animal will bully or commit violent crimes against another human. Nonetheless, the link does establish the need to protect society. Furthermore tougher sentences acts as a deterrent and for some, a longer sentence means the prison can provide them the support they require. Also it can mean if the offender is a juvenile then the family can be identified, monitored, and provided the support they need.

Vision for Register

Next, what does an animal abuse register look like? The attached document (click link), provides a description of the register, how it will operate, and a cost / benefit analysis. As we are getting this site up, more information can be found on our Facebook site. To answer the question, how to make a brighter tomorrow for you dog? Answer is simple support the animal abuse register to help end animal cruelty and make Britain a safe place.

What You Can Do Today

Finally what can you do? You can make a donation by clicking the donate button on this site, continue visiting this or  visit our Facebook page.

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Can We Really Trust License Fee to Fully Fund the Animal Abuse Register [photo]

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Can We Really Trust License Fee to Fully Fund the Animal Abuse Register

dog at train stationRarely a day goes by without print media writing about another case of animal cruelty. The stories are heart-breaking leaving you feeling upset, helpless, enraged; and wanting to do something. Worst yet, under current sentencing guidelines a pet is considered mere property and there is no concept of guardianship. This means under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the longest sentence can be given is six months in jail. A very short-time for someone who has hurt a member of the family that cannot speak for themself and relies on us for protection.

What can be done to help stop the horrific cruelty to family pets? There must be a solution? Yes, there is proven solution and it very simple. The proven solution is implementing Animal Abuse Register, similar to the state of Tennessee, in the UK is an option. The Tennessee model is proven because it has been around since January 2016 and as this author understands it, there has been no issues.

So why not implement the Tennessee model? There are two reasons: reluctance and funding. Anything new always is met with preposterous objections. In regards to implementing the animal abuse register based on the Tennessee model this author believes objections to the Tennessee model is based more on anti-Americanism, personal agenda, and dumb belief by some the major drawback to the Tennessee model  (the public naming of individuals) that may lead to vigilantism. At the time of writing this article, this author is not aware of any widespread cases of vigilantism against those named in Tennessee and without further evidence this author does not accept public naming of individuals will lead to vigilantism. Nonetheless, this author does not believe the strength of the Tennessee model solely lies in the public naming of those convicted of abusing animals but believes the strength of  Tennessee model lies legislation. The legislation strength lies in the sentencing and defining of the term animal.

What are the three types of funding models for an animal abuse register?

Implementing a register may sound like a quick solution. However, the issue lies in funding it. Currently, as this author understands it, enforcing the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is costly and there is not enough funding available. This author believes the reason why the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is failing pet owners is because it is all encompassing thereby making enforcement difficult and costly. For a register to work, it must be able to fund itself. Currently there are three possible options: Green Party policy regarding license fee, a point of sale check that can include a check being done by an employer or doing nothing.

License Fee

Is a very good policy that will quickly generate revenue for the government and depending on the level of voluntary compliance, the amount of revenue generated can be massive. The massive generation can sustain the policy for a while. However, the policy as I understand it, does not include renewal and it does not include a mechanism to ensure someone who is issued a license is regularly checked to ensure they are not on the register. Another issue lies that it is all encompassing, covering all animals thereby running into similar issues regarding enforcement. In order to ensure someone who has a license is not on the register it will mean the license will have to be read, like a chip and pin, to ensure the individual has not been added to the register. Furthermore the license fee policy is silent on how enforcement will be conducted. This issue of license checks and enforcement leaves many questions. In particular the concern the license fee for this author raises is the violation of civil liberties, such as stop and search, to ensure everyone who has a pet has a license or enforcement vans driving through neighbourhoods.

Point of Sale and Employer Checks

Point of Sale and Employer Checks is relative an exciting approach since it is a self-sustaining providing several millions for the government because enforcement will be done at the Council level instead of the national level. This means Councils can charge an additional fee to defray the cost of enforcement for pet shops. Plus this promising model is focuses on the Tennessee model, whereby the Animal Welfare Act is updated to provide longer sentences for those who foolishly attack the family pet.

Do Nothing

Cost of doing nothing may appear free but it is not. The cost of doing nothing extracts a high price on families. and society There is a link between those who abuse animals and those who have the potential to hurt others. This author is not saying everyone who abuses an animal will abuse a person. Instead this author is saying there is a link that cannot be ignored that is cost the government millions of pounds each year in prosecutions, police time, jail space; and the harm done to families.

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Analysis

My analysis shows over time, the cost of the Green Party Policy without increasing the license fee, without limiting exemptions, or without further defining what enforcement will include will risk the policy not being self-sufficient. It will mean increasing the license fee, increasing enforcement activities and / or for example, deny productive members of society access to seeing eye dogs because they cannot afford the license fee because their exemption was rehttp://Cost and benefit analysis of the animal abuse register for the United Kingdom as completed by Brian Berry, Co-Founder of the AAR – Animal Abuse Register / Justice for Chunky and Co-Owner Brighter Tomorrow.moved.

Whereas the point of sale with employer check is a self-sustaining approach with the potential to provide a windfall and doing nothing hurts society.

It is therefore, based on the analysis provided, point of sale with employer checks be the way forward to fund an animal abuse register.

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

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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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