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How YOU can make a difference to animal protection today
Did you know that throughout history the UK has led the world on passing animal protection laws?
We even created the world’s first animal protection charity, when the RSPCA started in 1824.
All this protection came about because the Great British Public demanded action across the years to end the cruelty they saw happening and Parliaments through the ages felt they needed to respond to the wishes of the voting public.
Laws are of no value if they are not enforced.
If no one is investigating and enforcing these laws, then they were fought for and passed for nothing - animals will continue to be subjected to cruel, inhumane treatment.
Crimes against animals are sadly still a part of modern British life.
In particular the police are struggling to tackle wildlife crime due to lack of funding and priority. In a report by the Association of Chief Police Officers they state “gathering of evidence of offending behaviour has proved a difficult task for the Police and with available resources it is likely to remain so”¹
We believe the Wildlife Crime Unit is seriously underfunded, under resourced and overstretched. The Unit covers serious issues like the smuggling of endangered species, the killing of birds of prey, badger baiting, rare egg theft, bat persecution and the use of snares and traps across the whole of the UK and at our borders.
If you think the Wildlife Crime Unit needs to be given better funding and higher priority, there is now something you can do about this.
On 15th November the first ever elections of Police Commissioners will take place. The public will have the chance to vote for the candidates of our choice, who will be responsible for setting the local policing priorities and budgets.
Politicians already need our votes to get into power – so they offer us legislation and policies on the issues we care about. Now, for the first time ever, the people overseeing the policing of our country need to take voters’ wishes into account if they want to be elected – and we can directly influence them. If they wish to have your vote, then they need to represent your policing priorities and ambitions.
If YOU care about animals and wildlife and want to make sure that animals are not forgotten when policing budgets are being decided – then now is the time to ask those standing for election what they will do for animals, should you choose to vote them in on 15th November.
Sign and send a postcard to your local candidates expressing your views.
Visit our campaign website - www.wildlifecrime.lush.co.uk to find out what your local candidates think about wildlife crime (we have written to them all and asked them. Did your local candidates bother to answer?)
Let’s ensure police forces have the funding to prevent cruelty and protect animals, use your vote to show how much you care.
If you would like to save wildlife, so that kind volunteers like the Hunt Saboteurs don’t have to police the hunting laws, then have your say in how the police spend their money - please vote on the 15th November.
¹ACPRO GUIDANCE ON ENFORCEMENT OF THE HUNTING ACT 2004