Pet Theft Law, MPs Debate Change Amid Growing Number of Missing Pets.Keith
MPs debate pet theft law change amid growing number of missing pets….
Pet theft reform has become urgent following lockdown when increased numbers of animals were stolen MPs have been told.
They were debating two petitions, signed by around 300,000 members of the public, asking the government to make this a specific offence.
An Ipswich MP Tom Hunt also said pets have been taken at a time when people need them the most.
The government said it was keen to act upon.
Opening the debate, Conservative MP Mr. Hunt told Westminster: “Covid-19 has made animal theft reform more pressing, not less.”
He also commented that “Our pets are being stolen away from their owners in record numbers just when we need their company the most.
“Organised crime gangs are planning and ruthlessly carrying out the thefts of domestic pets.
“They know how much money they can earn from breeding pedigrees and selling puppies for a profit, yet we’re fighting this growing surge with outdated and under powered laws.
“The risk of small fines will not deter this type of crime.”
He added by making pet theft a specific offence, it will empower judges to be able to hand out two-year prison sentences.