Target: Kevin Gray, District Judge
Goal: Do not allow alleged dogfighters to get away with making dogs viciously fight each other in the countryside.
A decision to drop charges against six dogfighters may soon be appealed. We need to take action to better ensure these people will be punished.
Because one animal was reportedly running free in the country where another animal was also released to attack it, the judge ruled that no dogfighting laws had been broken. The RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is ready to fight back and appeal the decision, as they consider dogfighting that takes place anywhere to be a crime.
Unfortunately, according to United Kingdom law, “only captive animals can be the subject of fighting.” However, since the animals were reportedly taken to a particular area to fight and they had little chance of getting away from their captors, they should have been considered to be captive animals.
Instead, the judge made his ruling based on an outdated law that has had no amendments made to it since 1911. Ironically, the judge did not take into account that both animal laws and peoples’ attitudes towards animals have drastically changed since the early 20th century before making his judgment call.
Demand this decision be reversed if the case is appealed. Just because dogs are released for the purpose of attacking each other in the wild doesn’t mean that such incidences should not be considered to be vile acts of animal cruelty.
Dear District Judge Gray,
You recently decided to dismiss charges against six alleged dogfighters. If the case is appealed, it is important that the decision be changed to better ensure these people will not be able to harm or own animals in the future.
It is unbelievable that the alleged incident was not considered to be an act of animal cruelty simply because the dogs were released to fight in the open countryside. Even if a dog has the option to run free, any animal would be less successful in avoiding a fight with another animal chasing it. In addition, since the animals were reported to have been forcefully taken to the location to fight, they should have been considered to be captive animals under law.
I therefore demand that you charge these people with animal cruelty if this case is appealed instead of basing your decision to not do so on an outdated law that has not been changed since 1911. Dogs being made to fight in the wild is just as horrific as dogs being made to fight in an enclosed space since the dog being pursued is more likely to get hurt or killed than it is to get away.
[Your Name Here]
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