It was good to see a ‘happy ending’ story this week when Mr Lamb stepped in to rescue that little dog. The dog has since been rehomed I understand.
Alas, for every fortunate happy ending story there are probably a thousand that do not end happily.
And while its great that Mr Lamb did his thing and that this dog has a new start – its not so great that the person responsible will, as you are well aware, get the legal equivalent of zero as a penalty.
Its this culture of leniency and its the fact that we do not punish such offences properly that leads to a grown man feeling that it might be socially acceptable to have done that in a busy Liverpool street.
Let me put it this week – someone committing a sexual assault in broad daylight and in front of scores of witnesses isn’t a thing that happens, except in very rare instances. But it would do if in fact sexual assault commonly came with a 3% prison sentence rate and more often than not a small fine.
I’m going to spend the next three days doing anything that doesn’t involve abusers, abused dogs or planning campaigns. I’ve hardly afforded myself a day when I haven’t been doing something for the goals so I plan to kick back and unplug myself from it for a bit.
You know by now that we NEED the foundation of punishments that fit the crime, there are no new ways I can say that short of singing it in a love song.
You also know by now that to get anything done properly takes consistent and increasingly creative actions.
We are all about deploying the latter to bring the former into being.
We are all about taking constructive action in other big ways, such as the creation and launch of our own database.
We are not about relying on any politicians from any party to keep their word. Even children know that the native language of politicians is lying.
We are also not about rescue and rehome. It has a role, an important role. Its not our role. We are a flat out pressure movement.
We don’t aim to save one dog here and another dog there. We aim to keep pushing the body politic until such a time that they action changes to laws which would place Britain right at the very forefront of combating animal cruelty. Even when they finally do cave in and make concessions the ideal would be to then make sure they deliver and make sure those judges are then using their new powers properly.
All sounds good, right? Doesn’t happen by itself though. If you trust politicians to keep to their word and if you fully trust judges to use any new powers properly – then there’s no problem. You don’t even need read on! If you don’t trust them?
Then you must pressure them.
Our latest proposed promo was this;
You can click and read if you aren’t already aware of this promotion. Visual examples.
I’m not going to bother talking it up here. I’ve already laid out the main benefits in that link. They really speak for themselves anyway.
I’m honestly not sure how many donations came in on the back end of the appeal to fund that. I don’t really deal with the donations but I am pretty sure that if we had enjoyed a flood of them then I’d know all about it. So we probably haven’t since I haven’t.
If you want to donate today that would be cool. I’m not going to hard sell it, at the end of the day we either take it seriously and create a proper momentum and(an) on going body of work or we don’t. There’s no mid way point. Its not as if this whole issue is some little benign hobby and it doesn’t really matter when we pick it up or not.
In all truth, and I was saying this to one of out long time readers recently – its not just a simple case that we obviously need the people themselves to donate towards such promotions.
We do definitely need far more of it that.
Its also the fact that in order to drag this where it needs to be its going to require about five weeks worth of straight commitment, day in and day out. With the emphasis on the word ‘day’ since there is SO MUCH that we could do through the day time but cannot easily do so.
One very brief example. I need to be able to get on the phone and actually speak to people that I just cannot reach of an evening or via e mail, because while e mail is easy, anyone of even vague importance probably gets hundreds per week. You need to actually get in front of certain people or speak with them or their representatives on the phone. Its that simple.
That’s what I need in theory, I need about a month straight to do this without other distractions.
This may even be the bigger obstacle than donations. Just try to imagine taking the next month straight and doing nothing but that one thing. That’s pretty much what I’d need to do at the moment if I wanted to drive this even further forward at this moment in time.
This issue (that we campaign on) is huge. You presently have laws formed in the early part of last century! To change that in a meaninful and lasting way takes a huge effort.
A fairly minor thing takes relatively minor effort. If your mission in life was to save your local community centre it would take effort, but obviously not even close to the effort it takes to do something like this on a national scale with judicial factors built into it.
I know that we could plausibly make Britain the leader when it came to a zero tolerance approach. I do know that this Government would eventually succumb to on going pressure. I also know that if we launch and promote our own database it is going to trigger an absolute shit storm. Its not just the abusers that will dislike it. Its Government ministers. They will probably try to shut it down. Maybe even shoot us or something. I made that last bit up but they definitely wont like it and they probably will try to shut it down.
I’ve even anticipated them trying to do so. I have a counter reaction to that if the day ever comes. I’m obviously not going to advertise what it is but lets just say that if it got to the point they tried to shut it down, I’ve already figured out what to do and how to use that to our advantage.
In a sense I am almost wishing to invite it.
But that’s for another day.
For today? Well, I am writing this now and then its shoes off and feet up for a few days. It would take those brothers to unicycle past me to gain my attention in the next few days.
With that being said it would be just great if one of the team were able to say to me that something suprisingly positive that helps has happened in that period. Lets just say I’ll not exactly be hovering over my phone with expectation, but if it were to happen it woud be cool.
Let’s Make Britain TOUGH again.
And you don’t do that by fining someone £150 for sadism and letting them pay it at like 1p per week.
That just laughs in the face of true justice that the public can have faith in.
That just emboldens and empowers these snivelling freaks.
Its not on. Its one thing to be be on the back foot against some sort of hugely sophisticated enemy that has massive resources and public pity.
But for this country to be on the back foot and tolerating this level of leniency afforded to this horrible assortment of defective drooling fools?