Target: Paul Carter, Kent County Council Leader
Goal: Demand that the county of Kent, England improve animal welfare standards and reduce incidences of cruelty
New statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) have revealed the shocking extent of animal cruelty in Kent, England. Last year, more than one person per week was convicted of neglect or cruelty. Something must be done immediately to prevent this from continuing.
Sixty-five people were sentenced by Kent courts last year, a number only exceeded by London, which had eighty-three. London, however, has eight times the population. Kent also ranks sixth in the highest number of convictions in all of Britain. The RSPCA is calling for stronger punishments for offenders. “In some cases, people neglect out of ignorance or other reasons, but there are a lot of cruelty cases that are absolutely unnecessary and people need to be held accountable, otherwise they will keep committing these offenses and the animals will suffer,” said RSPCA inspector Caroline Doe. “We need the support of the courts because if people aren’t given strong convictions there is nothing to deter them and tell them this is wrong.”
It isn’t simply the number of cases either, but the severity of them. One of the worst cases, which resulted in RSPCA prosecution, involved a Jack Russell named Jasper in the city of Dover. For more than six years, Jasper was locked in a cage by his owners with a muzzle on, living in his own excrement. A shar pei named Ruby was also beaten to death by her owners while they were high on drugs. While witnesses watched, she was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head, then dragged across the ground by her leash.
Incidents such as these should never happen, certainly not with the frequency with which they happen in Kent. If those responsible are not given a punishment that emphasizes the severity and egregiousness of the crime, these atrocities will continue to happen.
Please sign the petition below and demand that animal cruelty laws in Kent, England are improved so an animal a week no longer has to endure torture and neglect.
Dear Councilman Carter,
During the past year Kent has continued to make headlines for its appalling animal cruelty record. Last year the county had an average of more than one animal cruelty case per week with 65 total. That’s only 18 less than London, which has eight times the population. But it isn’t just the number of cases — many of those recorded during the past year are some of the worst the RSPCA has seen in all of Britain.
This has to stop immediately. Kent must strengthen its animal cruelty laws and uphold them in court. A single case of neglect or abuse is too many. One per week is a tragedy. Please stop the torture now.
[Your Name Here]
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