What we have achieved

Our Progress in 2022

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October 27 
2022


Pet Industry Federation shortlist  Dr Daniel Allen as finalist for Special Achievement (Pet Professional) Award for work on Pet Theft Reform.

October 24
2022


Proposals to make dog abduction a specific crime in Scotland launched at the Scottish Parliament.

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September  3
2021


Dr Daniel Allen and Debbie Matthews attend Points of Light reception at 10 Downing Street

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May 11
2022
 

Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill  carried over from Session 2021-22.  

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March 23
2022


Your UK Parliament Awards 'highly commends' Pet Theft Reform in the Petition Campaign of the Year 2022 Award category.

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March 14 
2022


Dr Daniel Allen receives 'Points of Light award' from PM for voluntary work on Pet Theft Reform.

January 31
2022


Debbie Matthews receives 'Points of Lights award' from PM for voluntary work as Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (Sampa)

Our Progress in 2021

February 12
2021

Home Secretary Priti Patel MP tells LBC Radio she is 'looking at' tougher pet theft measures.

February 10
2021

National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) press release, 'Police encourage dog owners to take extra precautions'. 

February 10 
2021

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.

February 9 
2021

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP tells LBC Radio he wants to 'Make Pet Theft A Specific Criminal Offence'.

The history of our campaign

October 19 
2020

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. 

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September 4 
2020

The Government petition to make pet theft a crime closed with 143,633 signatures. A massive massive goal reached to help our cause move forward

June 3 
2020

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.

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September 13 
2019

Government petition closed with 117,453 signatures.

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September 11
2019

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.

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August 8
2018

Government petition closed with 107,352 signatures.

July 3
2018

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.

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July 2
2018

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.

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