Pet thefts have risen 250% during the pandemic. Under the current law, pets are treated as property, with no distinction between a family’s beloved dog and a stolen bike.
Twickenham MP Munira Wilson said: “Pets aren’t property. They are so much more and the law should reflect that. We need bigger fines and tougher sentences to deter criminals who currently see pet theft as an easy option, with the monetary value of pets rising and the chance of conviction shockingly low."
When the Lib Dems tried to take action, the Tories opposed us at every turn. Conservative MPs blocked plans for bigger fines and tougher sentences to deter criminals from targeting family pets. This simply isn’t good enough.
After the vote in Parliament, Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney said: "It’s disappointing that Conservative MPs voted against the pet theft law. They should listen to families that have endured the heartbreak of having a beloved pet taken from them. This is a serious and growing issue that demands action. Making pet theft a specific offence would send a clear message that people won’t get away with it.”
The Twickenham and Richmond Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to support introducing pet theft as a specific offence with tougher sentences to deter criminals from committing these unlawful acts.
If you agree that pet theft is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with, then please sign the petition.