MP SEEKS TO END DISCRIMINATORY NO PET CLAUSES IN RENTAL PROPERTY
Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford delivered a landmark speech in the Commons on 14th October regarding no pet clauses in rental accommodation. A Bill was proposed that will place limits on landlords imposing blanket bans on pets, describing these bans as " cruel to both the owner and the animal alike.”
Currently 'no pets' clauses in the rental sector cause misery for renters who are unable to own a pet. While others live in fear of being forced to move & give up a much-loved family member due to these discriminatory bans.
Dog Desk Radio spoke to Jordan Adams owner of Jasmine, the dog who has inspired the popular name of this bill Jasmines Law. Jordan describes his unhappiness at not being allowed to have the dog, who he describes as his sister, in his apartment. Jordan tells us how much he misses her company & how isolated he feels without her, especially at this time with the restrictions that come with Covid19.
Mr Rosindell, pet owner & former Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare from 2007 - 2010 introduced the bill, whose short form is the Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection Bill); during a 10 Minute Rule Bill.
A Ten Minute Rule Bill is a type of Private Members' Bill that is introduced in the House of Commons under Standing Order No 23. The ten minute rule allows a backbench MP to make his or her case for a new Bill in a speech lasting up to ten minutes. An opposing speech may also be made before the House decides whether the Bill should be introduced. If the MP is successful, the Bill is taken to have had its first reading.
Dog Desk Radio recently spoke to Linda Goodman from CARIAD, a grassroots organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for dogs. Linda works tirelessly at the coalface of animal rescue on a shoestring & is concerned about the future for pandemic puppies, who may find themselves victims of a no pets clause. There is a concern that these dogs will end up in rescues struggling with reduced donations & a short supply of homes to place them in.
Jasmines Law has the backing of several high-profile organisations including The RSPCA & Battersea.
Jen Berezai, Co-Founder of AdvoCATSeastmids a voluntary organisation that provides support & advice to tenants & landlords where there are issues with keeping pets in rented properties. said:
“AdvoCATS is pleased and proud to support Jasmine’s Law, and to have contributed to the research behind it.
Too many pets who had perfectly good, loving homes are taking up precious space in shelters, or worse, being put to sleep as these same shelters are already bursting at the seams.
The first reading of this landmark bill is hopefully an important step towards the beginning of real change for those animal lovers whose only 'crime' is not being able to afford to buy their home.”
The impact of no pet clauses can be very cruel to our homeless community. As, when offered shelter it often comes with a no pet caveat, forcing people to choose between a roof over their head or their only constant companion. Mr Rosindell highlighted the tragic story of John Chadwick, a homeless man who ended his own life after the only housing option his local council provided was one which meant separation from his beloved pets.
The Bill will consider the legitimate concerns of landlords & it is proposed that prospective tenants should be able to prove that they are responsible pet owners. Not only does the bill encourage responsible pet ownership but it calls for every pet to be microchipped with compulsory scanning by vets. A move welcomed by Vets Get Scanning, an organisation campaigning for updates to the current flawed microchipping system to clamp down on the spiralling problem of pet theft & increase the likelihood of missing & stolen pets being reunited with their owners.
The bill moves to its second hearing in January.
To follow the story as it unfolds please use the hashtags #APetInEveryHome & #JasminesLaw on social media.
Find Dog Desk Radio's interviews with Jordan Adams, CARIAD & Vets Get Scanning here
Soi Dog Founder John Dalley Awarded MBE For Services To Animal Welfare In Southeast Asia
Good news from our friends at Soi Dog in Thailand.
Co-Founder & president of Soi Dog John Dalley has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to animal welfare in Southeast Asia.
John has worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare since 2003, along with his wife Gill, who passed away in 2017.
Soi Dog is committed to trap, neuter, vaccinate, release programmes in Thailand to reduce the volume of stray dogs. The organisation treats animals in need at it's hospital & rescues, rehabilitates & re-homes where appropriate also. Another important area of work is stopping the smuggling of thousands of dogs out of Thailand each year bound for the meat trade in Vietnam.
John has commented that he sees the award as recognition for the work that the foundation & it's supporters has done rather than an award just for himself.
We spoke to Nayomi from Soi Dog recently about the work of the foundation. Please check the schedule for air times & listen below.
Soi Dog also have a feature in Dog Desk Radio Magazine November Issue 1
You can read it here
Tom Hunt MP To Lead Pet Theft Debate In Westminster Hall Mon 19 Oct 2020 At 4.30pm
Pet Theft has been rocking us all to the core as we have watched it spiral out of control through lockdown. Most likely fuelled by pandemic puppy prices, increased demand & loss of income. We spoke to Linda Goodman from CARIAD recently about pandemic puppies problems, you can listen to the interview here.
Organised gangs are thought to be targeting popular breeds in this vile low risk high reward crime. Thieves snatched 17 dogs & puppies from a kennel in Barton Mills Suffolk earlier this year in a bare faced broad daylight heist.
We have read press reports in horror as violence has been used against owners walking their dogs in order to gain control of the animal & steal it away from it's owner. Remember the young man in Newhaven who was assaulted & threatened with a knife before having his dog Eccles stolen? One example of many & just the tip of the iceberg.
The Pet Theft Reform campaign spearheaded by SAMPA the stolen & missing pets alliance & it's patron animal geographer Dr Daniel Allen have been seeking to reclassify pet theft, making it a specific offence with custodial sentences. The campaign has the backing of the public, hitting it's 100,000 campaign petition signature target three years on the trot.
The government has so far rejected calls to fix the problem stating that the crime is already covered in existing law. If this is the case then why are we seeing pet theft continuing to rise & offenders getting away with it pretty much scot free?
We need a solution & we need it now.
You can watch the pet theft debate in parliament live here
Beverley Cuddy Dogs Today Magazine & SAMPA patron has created a very clear document which explains exactly why reform is needed. Please read it here & bring it to your MP's attention if you haven't already done so.
We have created a short video for you which gives you a few tips to keep you & your dog safe from the heartbreak of pet theft. You can view it below.