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Change to animal related offences.

Change to animal related offences.

Change the way people are punished for every animal related offence. They should be more severe.

Why is this important?

This is very important to everyone because we need to play catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to how people are charged for animal related crimes. A family pet is like a family member to most people and when someone hurts or steals your pet, or even worse, its very hard on the pet owners and families. Our family dog got stolen and we got her back a week later thanks to a few tip offs. It was very stressful for all of us and the children were very upset about it, so were our friends and family. My heart goes out to all the pet owners that have had their animals stolen or are still missing theirs. Also the animal lovers/owners that have had their pets hurt by others. These criminals are not getting what they deserve in court and its time to make a change.

Christchurch Central, Christchurch, Canterbury

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Reasons for signing

  • This happened to us. We literally retrieved our bulldog from the house of the gutless thieves that were hiding him.
  • The NZ Animal Welfare Act has not been updated since 1999. This is insane, as a Kiwi, I ashamed that the government has not updated this, nor any animal welfare agencies. Also, the fact that people that harm animals get away with it and IF brought to justice, get small penalties. They should be banned period for owning an animal. The SPCA, a non-funded government agency has to run around on their small funding doing what this government should be doing.
  • All animal abusers should be severely punished.


2017-09-22 21:17:22 +1200

100 signatures reached

2017-04-12 00:48:18 +1200

50 signatures reached

2017-04-10 21:07:55 +1200

25 signatures reached

2017-04-10 14:45:26 +1200

10 signatures reached