Committee backs new welfare legislation; Far tougher measures needed.

 
The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill has passed Stage 1 after backing from Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee.
 
SfA concurs with the Committee’s view that “more could be done”. We’ll be watching closely to see if these and other MSPs will ensure effective changes are made at later stages.
 
 
Please contact your MSPs  Let them know that when it comes to animal welfare Scotland won’t accept token measures. and they must back a radical overhaul of welfare legislation from top to bottom.
 
 
 
 

Here’s Scotland for Animals’ submission and plan for change;

UK death toll. December 2019.

89 million, 3 thousand+ animals slaughtered.

 

217 thousand+ cattle
1 million, 3
33 thousand+ sheep
9
53 thousand+ pigs
8
6 million, 500 thousand+ “poultry” birds

 

Does not include other species such as deer, goats, horses, “game birds”, aquatic animals or animals exported for killing.

 

 

We need real change, not empty words

This case is just one example of many of why, when it comes to animals, the law is not fit for the job.

This guy had already been convicted for starving a dog to death. He got a £200 fine.

With new animal law in pipeline we’ve seen pictures of MSPs with sad faces, waving their fists and promising that a new dawn is coming that will cast abusers into a pit.

Their big idea? Raise the maximum penalty from one year to five.

One of the many issues with this is the current one year max is almost never handed down. Neither will the five year one.

In fact, those convicted of cruelty in Scotland almost never to go to jail at all.

By failing to take real action our politicians, of all parties, are displaying their lack of moral mettle. Their trying to kid everybody on that they’re actually doing something when they aren’t, that’s an indication of what they really think of us all human and non-human.

We can’t mess about here. Radical action needs to be taken, and now.

If those in parliament don’t have the decency or bottle to step up, then get them out.

Please contact your MSPs and ask them to support Scotland for Animals’ plan for change. Will only take a few minutes.

1) Go to https://www.writetothem.com/

2) Enter your postcode

3) Choose MSPs

4) Enter message asking them to support;

*All animals, including invertebrates, to be protected by law

*A maximum life sentence/ unlimited fine for animal cruelty

*The creation of a dedicated Police Scotland unit to investigate animal cruelty and enforce legislation

*The creation of a register for those convicted of cruelty

*Statutory requirement for a multi-agency approach for reporting, investigation and intervention.

*Scrapping of all time bars on prosecution

5) Send

Live export going ahead this Friday

Last Friday’s postponed live export will take place at Ramsagate this Friday, 8pm.

This is also the day we officially leave the European Union, and government can end the trade.

Please keep contacting your MPs (not MSPs);

 

1) Copy your message – *I would appreciate if you could please let me know if you support a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter or fattening*

2) Go to https://www.writetothem.com/

3) Type in your postcode

4) Select MP

5) Paste your message

6) Send

 

Forward your responses to us. If they won’t support a ban we’ll name them.

Also contact Boris Johnson and let him know there are now no more excuses not to ban live exports. https://email.number10.gov.uk/

Just a few minutes of your time can help end this: https://www.facebook.com/KentAnimalDefenders/videos/915734998778855/

For them, please do your bit.

 

UK death toll. November 2019

91 million, 14 thousand+ animals slaughtered.

 

258 thousand+ cattle
1 million, 374 thousand+ sheep
982 thousand+ pigs
88 million, 400 thousand+ “poultry” birds

 

Does not include other species such as deer, goats, horses, “game birds”, aquatic animals or animals exported for killing.

 

 

Let’s get live exports ended

This friday’s live export from Ramsgate, including Scottish calves, has been postponed. It will take place on another date, please keep an eye out for our updates.

When the UK leaves the European Union at end of the month, there should be no more excuses when it comes to ending the trade.

The current government has indicated it supports a ban. It now needs to back this with action.

If you haven’t done so already please contact your MP (not MSP). All you have to do is;

 

1) Copy your message – *I would appreciate if you could please let me know if you support a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter or fattening*

2) Go to https://www.writetothem.com/

3) Type in your postcode

4) Select MP

5) Paste your message

6) Send

 

Shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Feel free to forward your responses to us. If you don’t get a reply, let us know and we’ll name the MPs.

 

Police; Animal campaigning is extremism

There have been reports in media that Extinction Rebellion have been added to Prevent list by Counter Terrorism Police.

It’s also being reported that the unit has now apologised and rowed back after exposure.

The document is titled “Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism”. What hasn’t received the same level of publicity or outrage though, is that on page 10 animal rights campaigning is also listed as an extremist ideology.

 

Protests, viewing the websites and social media of animal welfare groups, stopping eating meat and young people “adopting health-conscious and environmentally sustainable lifestyles” are all included as red flags for teachers and others to look out for.

This situation was highlighted a few years ago when it was discovered that authorities in Scotland were also officially categorizing animal rights campaigning as extremist behaviour.

If you’re standing up against cruelty and oppression in the UK, you’re seen by the state as equivalent to neo-nazis and other terrorists.

 

 

Bliadhna mhath ur

Thank you to everybody who has supported us over the past year.

Without you, a hard fight would be far harder.

To all, human and non-human, slàinte mhath

Scotland for Animals

 

 

 

End live exports

Thanks to everybody who stood shoulder to shoulder at our protest against live exports.

The Scottish Government are giving this heinous trade their full backing. Join us in bringing it to an end.

 

 

 

 

UK death toll. October 2019

115 million, 354 thousand+ animals slaughtered.

 

274 thousand+ cattle
1 million, 456 thousand+ sheep
1 million, 24 thousand+ pigs
112 million, 600 thousand+ “poultry” birds

 

Does not include other species such as deer, goats, horses, “game birds”, aquatic animals or animals exported for killing.