Pet theft task force
Since lockdown there has been an increase in price of pets. Most of which is probably due to more humans deciding to purchase or adopt a pet during lockdown.

 There is also suggestion that this may be leading to an increase of pet thefts.

A task force was set up on the 8th of May 2021 to investigate the reported increase of pet theft during lockdown. It was set up to gather evidence and try to understand what be contributing to any rise in thefts. They will study their evidence and will recommend any necessary measures to tackle the problem.

A task force is a group established to work on a single defined task or activity. Originally the term was introduced by the United States Navy, it is now commonly used by a wide variety of groups.

The taskforce will be made up of government officials from Defra, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the police and will also seek input from animal welfare groups and experts in relevant fields.

The taskforce will enable us to gather intelligence across the country and tackle groups who work across geographical boundaries. We hope that this is a step forward in providing reassurance that we are committed to understanding any risks fully, and challenging related criminal behaviour.

The taskforce will aim to report on the findings and publish its recommendations in the Autumn this year. The plans are part of the Government’s commitment to further strengthening the UK’s position as a global leader in animal welfare standards and come alongside other measures including taking steps to end live animal exports and crack down on the illegal smuggling of dogs and puppies, with further proposals to improve standards and eradicate cruel practices, which should be set out soon.

The police have advised to not leave animals unattended while out in public, vary your routines when walking, and take basic security steps at home such as checking locks on doors and garden gates.

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