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Dogs Trust calls for Domestic Abuse Bill to include pets
Many refuges do not accept pets, which can act as a barrier to those attempting to flee abuse. (Stock photo)
Perpetrators ‘use pets to maintain power and control’

The Dogs Trust is calling for pet abuse to be included in a new Domestic Abuse Bill when it returns to parliament.

Last week the Joint Committee published a report on the draft Bill, calling for it to be amended to give greater protection to domestic abuse victims, and well as tailoring the response to each individual’s differing needs.

The Dogs Trust welcomed the report but said it was disappointed that it did not mention pet abuse, which evidence has shown is linked to human abuse.

Through its work on the Freedom Project, which offers a fostering service for the dogs of those fleeing domestic abuse, the charity said it knows many perpetrators use a survivor’s pet as a means to maintain power and control.

In addition, many refuges do not accept pets, which can act as a barrier to those attempting to flee abuse.

The Dogs Trust said it will continue to campaign for the bill to include perpetrators’ behaviour towards pets. 

 

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Regional Representatives nominations sought

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 Seven new regional representatives are being sought by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to speak for vets from those regions and to represent their views to BVA Council.

The opportunities are available in in the North-East, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, London, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Representatives from all sectors of the veterinary profession are urged to apply.

BVA president Daniella Dos Santos, said: "Our regional representatives are integral to that mission and to the activities of Council - contributing to effective horizon scanning on matters of veterinary policy and providing an informed steer to BVA’s Policy Committee.” 

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