27 May 2020
Councillor Symon de Nobriga
Diego Martin Regional Corporation
17-18 Diego Martin Main Road
cc. Councillor Keeda James
Dear Mr. de Nobriga:
I refer to my correspondence to the CEO on 15 May and a meeting at my home with yourself and Councillor James on 21 May.
Following up on those actions and discussions and in furtherance of my search for justice and in light of the woeful response to my report at West End Police Station, I started an online petition on 22 May to garner support for the matter to be addressed by the Municipal Police attached to the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. The list of supporters (215 to date) and their comments are enclosed (for the Chairman).
I trust that as promised, the petition will be used to upscale my police report through the Inspector with responsibility for the Municipal Police. I eagerly look forward to feedback on this aspect of the matter, as the police must be held accountable for their non-enforcement of the laws regarding straying and/or out of control animals.
Additionally, and in the long term, I would like to contribute to the establishment of an Animal Control Unit in the DMRC to achieve the following:
Although many NGOs, such as the TTSPCA and AWN do provide these services, they do not receive an annual subvention to cover their costs. That is why I am proposing an institutionalised approach to the problem, which will ease the burden on these NGOs while providing services which are accessible to the burgesses.
I will be writing to the Attorney General and Ministers of Agriculture, Local Government and National Security on the matters raised above (and copying the DMRC Chairman), in the hope that the gaps that exist in the national framework for animal welfare are filled. The legislation is useless without enforcement and prevention services. Those elected to positions of authority to close the gaps on animal welfare issues must be held accountable to do so.