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Lichfield’s MP is calling for tougher action to prevent the “real problem” of pet theft.

A taskforce is being chaired by the Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland together with officials from the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and Defra, as well as representatives from the police.

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the crime had a huge impact on victims.

“This is becoming a real problem and an abominable crime in Staffordshire and the broader West Midlands with pet owners distraught and the pets themselves being treated unkindly by the kidnappers.

“It needs to be stamped out.

“Stealing a pet is already a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968, with offenders facing a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

“If the animal suffers during the theft, criminals are further liable to prosecution for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and could face an increased maximum penalty of 5 years’ imprisonment from this summer onwards.

“But this doesn’t seem enough to deter criminal gangs.”

Michael Fabricant MP

Mr Fabricant said people should make their voices heard on the issue.

“The taskforce is due to report back by the end of the summer and I hope that they will have firm proposals to crack down on this cruel practice. 

“Constituents in the Lichfield constituency who have practical suggestions to make should write to me and we will pass these on to Robert Buckland who will be chairing the taskforce.”

Michael Fabricant MP

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  1. If the breeders and other sellers of pets were not so greedy by increasing the price of pets then this increase of thefts would not have happened. Don’t get me wrong. I want a decent price on pets to make sure not just anyone goes out and buys one on a whim but these people are lining their pockets and fuelling this type of crime and also increasing the risk of puppy and kitten farming being started up. A sensible cap on what can be charged for pets maybe.

  2. Wouldn’t it be great if he would call for tougher action on child poverty or food bank use. Oh well, never mind.

  3. As ever Fabricant is at the cutting edge when it comes to the news. This has been an issue for so long and only now gets round to adding his worthless words.

  4. ‘but this doesn’t [increased sentences] seem to deter criminal gangs.’

    There you go people, a Tory finally admitting that their “tough on crime” is simply a facade, which anyone with any knowledge of the criminal justice system could have told you 30 years ago.

  5. All crime has “A huge impact on victims”. There appears to be little to deter criminals. The government proposes less jail sentences. Crime and Punishment has been a conundrum for all time. It is not surprising that our egotistical MP is promoting a sticking plaster approach to one of many serious situations. Would we expect him to do anything less? It won’t amount to anything.

  6. It amazes me how Michael Fabricant is so willing to throw his weight behind something like this yet, when confronted with endless sleaze about his own party, he casually dismisses it, as if nobody is interested or, even worse, it’s acceptable. He is such a spineless individual.

    As least have the balls to call out misconduct, man.

  7. Julian – I entirely agree.

    It’s very noticeable that he condones many unsavoury things that happen in Westminster. Not all Tory MPs do, so it’s nothing to do with collective responsibility or “showing a united front”. He actually chooses to support impropriety. I voted Conservative but, even I find this aspect of Mr Fabricant’s personality a worry. If he refuses to condemn it – surely he’s part of it, of actually agrees with it. Either they or, he’s a sycophant…? In any case, it’s the actions of a cowardly man, lacking moral fortitude.

  8. Pet theft is a real nasty crime that can have a dreadful impact on the pet owners who have their beloved animals stolen, so it is only right that this impact is reflected when sentencing.

    Prison works … but only if the sentences are long enough.

  9. Yet again, Michael Fabricant proves that he is unworthy to represent the “city of philosophers” by his comments on the protesters in London. Has he never heard of the idea of engaging brain before opening mouth? The photograph of him in The Guardian shows him as he is… a clown.

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