Welcome to our charity Alfie’s Law Foundation
Where it all began
Alfie’s Law began in May 2012 whilst reading thousands of dreadful stories of abuse inflicted on animals after joining a social networking site. There were so many stories of abuse & neglect most ending in death. This was heart breaking to read and sentences available for these heinous crimes are negligible.
The choice was to both turn away and do nothing or act on what was happening and try to raise awareness and Improve Legislation in an attempt to save the lives of vulnerable animals. So a government approved e -petition was raised to gain signatures in the hope that government would act and make amendments to legislation & sentencing for acts of animal cruelty & improve the welfare of animals.
What we would like to achieve with Alfie’s Law
We would like to see a zero tolerance on animal abuse as there is absolutely no excuse for it.
We would also like to see custodial sentencing increased and an automatic lifetime ban for persistent or serious offenders.
We would also like to see animal cruelty become part of the Criminal Justice System under the stewardship of the Crown Prosecution Service with amendments to legislation so that animal cruelty becomes an indictable offence and can be tried in equal terms to other serious crimes.
Currently within the UK Judicial System, sentencing guidelines are set by the Sentencing Council and they provide detailed guidance to Magistrates Courts across the UK. These guidelines state that offences of Animal Cruelty (as described in the Animal Welfare Act 2006) is triable only summarily (cannot go to Crown Court) and carry a maximum penalty of £20,000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment).
The petition has been very successful in raising awareness but expires on May 31st 2013. We are currently preparing to start a 2nd petition and will post links to this when it has commenced.
Where we are now
Due to the success of Alfie’s Law with a huge following and support for the campaign we are proud to have now embarked on a charity to continue with our campaign to raise awareness and support animals in need. We are keeping some of the favourite pages from our first website and these are our Remembrance Page for pets that have been taken in cruel acts and Alfie’s Friends as these have been our supporters for the past year.
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