Battersea's General Election Manifesto: A brighter future for dogs and cats

01 NOVEMBER 2019

Battersea has set out its top 12 animal welfare priorities for a new Parliament ahead of the General Election, and we want to know what you think should be the priorities for the new Government for dogs and cats.

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Battersea's Chief Executive, Claire Horton, said:

“In the last Parliament, MPs achieved a number of notable successes for animals – from banning third party sales, to better licensing of breeding and sale of pets and widespread support for toughening penalties for animal cruelty.

However, there is much more to do. Our Manifesto lays out 12 of the most pressing welfare issues affecting dogs and cats, and we look forward to working with MPs from all parties and all regions to build a brighter future for our dogs and cats.”

Sparkle the dog

Sparkle's story

Sparkle was found abandoned in a park by a member of the public, having been zipped inside a suitcase. Sparkle was a very sweet dog in spite of her suffering, and once she was well enough she soon found a loving home. Not all animals subjected to human cruelty are so lucky, and perpetrators must be punished with the full force of the law. Five-year sentences would be a far more effective deterrent than the current six months and would help to spare the suffering of animals like Sparkle.

Picalili the dog

Piccalilli's story

Piccalilli’s previous owner handed her into Battersea as they could no longer afford her vet bills. While at Battersea, Piccalilli underwent extensive surgery to try and correct her breathing, however the veterinary team found that surgery could never correct her breathing completely. Happily, Piccalilli recovered well from her operation and has now found her new home and family.

Buddy the dog

Buddy's story

Buddy arrived at Battersea after his owner could no longer care for him. Bought online, he was imported into the UK from Hungary and then given up six weeks later. Buddy’s owner had trouble dealing with his behavioural difficulties, such as constant barking, which appear to have resulted from poor socialisation with other animals. On top of this, Buddy was a rabies risk and had a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea, which could have been a result of his travel history. Puppies bred abroad and imported or smuggled in for sale pose a risk for both owners, who may have to deal with complex medical and behavioural issues, and other animals.