Angela joins calls for tougher penalties for animal abusers
Agela has joined growing calls for tougher penalties for animal abuse and action to be taken to enforce bans on offenders from keeping animals.
Attending the League Against Cruel Sports’ Annual Reception in Westminster on Wednesday, NAME heard how sentences are currently inadequate and outdated, remaining unchanged for over a hundred years and therefore failing to reflect the horrific cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of barbaric ‘sports’ such as dog fighting.
England and Wales are lagging behind when it comes to punishing people who abuse animals, and so the League is calling for maximum sentences to be increased from the current maximum of six months to the more appropriate ceiling of five years. This would bring the law in line with much of the rest of Europe and Northern Ireland, and would better reflect the seriousness of the abuse involved.
“I’m delighted to be supporting the League’s campaign for tougher sentences for animal abuse. As League investigations have shown, dog fighting is a horrific crime involving immense cruelty, and this needs to be better reflected in the penalties handed to perpetrators. The recent election has demonstrated that the public care deeply about animal welfare and want to ensure that animals are properly protected. Sentences need to be increased so that they act as a genuine deterrent.”
Speakers at the event also highlighted the need for a national register of convicted animal abusers to help prevent people banned from keeping animals from flouting the law. No central record of such banning orders is currently kept, potentially leaving offenders free to continue to abuse animals.
Pressure for change has been building recently, both among MPs and the public, with the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee last year recommending that the maximum penalty for animal welfare offences be increased, MPs backing calls for action during backbench Parliamentary debates, and signatures to the League’s petition calling for stronger penalties for dog fighting offences reaching over 90,000 signatures to date.
Speaking at the reception, conservationist and League President Bill Oddie said:
“I often hear that we are a nation of animal lovers, but are we really? If so, why are there cruel sports like hunting and dog fighting still taking place, which are positively medieval? Why does animal abuse like dog fighting still carry such a pitiful maximum sentence and why is there no central record of individuals banned from keeping animals? Six months maximum for causing horrific pain and suffering but five years in prison for fly tipping.
“Dogs are perhaps the most beloved and valued animal on earth. Humans look after them, and they look after humans. They represent companionship, affection and loyalty. I can think of few evils so perverted - and cruel - as dog fighting. This is humanity at its worst and the punishments perpetrators face must be tougher”
Philippa King, Chief Operating Officer at the League Against Cruel Sports said:
“Current maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences, including dog fighting are both inadequate and incredibly outdated. Dog fighting remains a significant animal welfare issue in the UK and is one of the most horrific forms of organised animal cruelty - not only for the violence the dogs endure during fights but because of the trauma they suffer throughout their lives.
“Currently perpetrators of dog fighting will face a maximum six months in prison, compared to fly tippers who face five years. This is ludicrous and needs to change, starting with the law being brought into line with much of the rest of Europe and Northern Ireland by increasing the maximum sentence to five years imprisonment.
“The League is also seeking that a national register of convicted animal abusers be implemented to prevent individuals banned from keeping animals from flouting the law – a call backed by a number of cross party MPs attending our Summer Reception in Parliament.”
ANGELA SMITH MP DEMANDS ACTION TO SAFEGUARD POST OFFICE SERVICES IN BURNCROSS.
Angela has today written to Post Office services and the Co-op to demand post office services are maintained in the Burncross area.
This is after news leaked out that the Co-op, which is taking over the Cost Cutter site where the Post Office is currently located, has no current plans to carry on with the Post Office.
Already a petition has been started to save the Post Office on the site and Angela fully backs this and is asking customers at the Post Office to sign it.
Commenting Angela said;
“There has been a Post Office here for the last 50 years and the current location has proved very successful and is well used by locals.
The area itself has many elderly people who, if they lose postal services, will find it difficult to travel to Chapeltown or High Green. This is especially so, given the limited nature of bus services in the area
It can’t be right that people should lose vital postal services just because of a change of tenancy at the Bevan Way/Burncross Road store and I have written to Post Office Services demanding they work with the Co-op to maintain a service at the new shop when it opens in November. I have also contacted the Co-op, asking it to carry on providing these services at the new shop.
What is clear, however, is that Burncross can ill afford to lose this vital service.”
Angela Gets a Preview of the New £10 Note Featuring Jane Austen
Angela recently joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, in Parliament on 19 July to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen.
She tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.
Victoria Cleland said:
“The new £10 note celebrates the life of Jane Austen whose novels are loved by many across the world. The Bank is proud to mark her contribution to British culture, particularly in this anniversary year and we are looking forward to the note entering circulation from 14 September.”
As it is made of polymer, the new £10 note is cleaner, safer and stronger. It joins the Churchill £5 in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes and a new £20 note featuring J.M.W Turner will follow in 2020. The £10 note contains sophisticated security features which make it very difficult to counterfeit. It will last at least 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around 5 years in total – and stay in better condition during day to day use.
The new £10 note will be issued on 14 September 2017, so the public here in Penistone & Stocksbridge will begin to see them in the following days and weeks as the notes leave cash centres around the country and enter general circulation. The public can continue to spend paper £10 notes as usual and these will be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.
Readers can find out more at www.thenewten.co.uk or at one of the Bank of England’s regional events around the UK.