The campaign is aiming to bring a greater awareness to animal cruelty, and highlight the lenient sentences imposed on many offenders. Currently, the law states the maximum penalty for crimes against animals is a £20,000 fine and/or 6-month prison sentence but these levels of punishment are rarely enforced. RSPCA figures from 2011 show that there were only 1,341 successful convictions from the 1.25-million cases brought against animal owners, and only 74 ended in imprisonment.
Paws for thought - Alfie’s Law is seeking an increase in the custodial sentence to 2-years,and a lifetime ban on keeping animals for persistent offenders. Recent changes in Northern Ireland have introduced these sanctions and the campaign is urging the rest of the UK to follow suite.
Woof Walkies Owner Vicci Roberts said from her office in Wrexham, “Woof Walkies are backing Alfie’s law because it's a very worthy cause, and needs changing sooner rather than later; to prevent more animals suffering at the hands of people who often don’t even think they are doing anything wrong. After working in the criminal justice system for many years, I know how hard it is to make changes to the law and UK legislation. But I also know how important it is. Alfie's law stands for the rights of animal welfare, which animals cannot legislate or govern themselves. Neither can they fight for the improvements in justice that they need. We need only 100,000 people to sign the petition, to help give suffering animals the justice they shouldn't need but deserve.”
You can learn more about the Alfie’s Law campaign at www.pawsforthought-