What we have achieved
Our Progress in 2022
Pet Industry Federation shortlist Dr Daniel Allen as finalist for Special Achievement (Pet Professional) Award for work on Pet Theft Reform.
Proposals to make dog abduction a specific crime in Scotland launched at the Scottish Parliament.
Dr Daniel Allen and Debbie Matthews attend Points of Light reception at 10 Downing Street
Your UK Parliament Awards 'highly commends' Pet Theft Reform in the Petition Campaign of the Year 2022 Award category.
Dr Daniel Allen receives 'Points of Light award' from PM for voluntary work on Pet Theft Reform.
Debbie Matthews receives 'Points of Lights award' from PM for voluntary work as Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (Sampa)
Our Progress in 2021
Government announces 'Pet abduction to be made new criminal offence in crackdown on pet theft'
Sir Iain Duncan Smith makes three amendments regarding the issue of Pet Theft in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
Government announces 'Pet Theft Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts.'
Home Secretary Priti Patel MP tells LBC Radio she is 'looking at' tougher pet theft measures.
National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) press release, 'Police encourage dog owners to take extra precautions'.
Tom Hunt MP and Siobhan Baillie MP sent an open letter to the Sentencing Council asking them to amend the sentencing guidelines for pet theft.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP tells LBC Radio he wants to 'Make Pet Theft A Specific Criminal Offence'.
The history of our campaign
Pet Theft Reform Parlimentary Debate
A debate was held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Monday 19th October 2020 on two e-petitions concerning pet theft reform. Debate chaired by Sir David Amess MP and opened by Tom Hunt MP - full transcript here. Click this link for the Commons Library debate pack.
Pet Theft Reform Discussion with Petitions Committee
On 3 June, Petitions Committee member Tom Hunt MP held a video call with Dr Daniel Allen, an animal geographer who started a petition calling for tighter laws on pet theft, and other campaigners on this issue. The petition was due to be debated in Parliament before Westminster Hall sittings, where petitions debates are held, had to be suspended due to social distancing rules.
Debbie Matthews, Jayne Hayes, Gareth Johnson MP, Dr Daniel Allen, Ross Thomson MP, Professor John Cooper QC and Richard Jordan deliver the Pet Theft Reform petition to 10 Downing Street.
Ten Minute Rule Bill, 'Pets (Theft) Bill'. Sponsored by Ross Thomson MP, drafted by Professor John Cooper QC.
Click this link for more information on the Pets (Theft) Bill 2017-2019.
Dr Daniel Allen's petition to 'Reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right' gained 107,352 signatures. The debate, chaired by Mike Hill MP, took place on Monday 2 July 2018 at 4.30pm. The full debate video, transcript and research are available here.
July 2, 2018
Pet Theft Reform team and supporters at Westminster Hall. Gareth Johnson MP sponsored the MP drop-in, this was followed by the House of Commons petitions committee debate.