Derek Twigg, MP for Halton
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Derek Twigg MP welcomes Government Change of Mind to ensure that pet owners are informed of their pets’ death if they are killed on a road.
|03 Mar 2015
Derek Twigg MP has held a successful debate in Parliament resulting in pets that are killed on roads having to be collected, identified and their owners notified by the Highways Agency.
Derek was contacted by his constituents about “Harvey’s Law” a campaign inspired by Jude Devine who was not informed her dog Harvey had died until four months after he was found. Ms Devine was devastated by the long wait for news about Harvey, who went missing in late 2013 while she was visiting friends in Liverpool.
The dog's body was actually found just 20 minutes after he vanished.
Derek Twigg said:
“I am delighted that the Transport Minister agreed to mandatory collection, identification & contacting of owners of pets killed on roads. It is unusual for the Government to change their minds in this way so I am very pleased that my debate on this issue was successful. It is a massive step forward, but the Government will need to keep a watchful eye to ensure the rules are complied with. Otherwise legislation could be needed.
“I want to pay particular praise to the Harvey’s Law campaign who did a magnificent job in bringing this issue to Parliament collecting over 120,000 on the e-petition.”
To read the debate please click this link http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm150302/halltext/150302h0001.htm#15030217000115