July 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm #63687
Bruce, the NI ‘pit bull type’ – long (but urgent) post!
For those of you who have been following the story of Bruce, the Staffordshire seized as ‘type’ in NI it has now come to crunch time.
Bruce had been ordered by the court to be destroyed on Monday, 6th July. For those not familiar with Bruce’s story ther is a brief summary and heart-wrenching video here:
Bruce has an offer of a rescue space in Eire where pit bulls can live legally. Bruce’s only remaining chance – and it is a very slim chance – is a mass letter campaign to try to persuade decision makers to allow him to leave the UK.
There is very little time left to try to save Bruce. Please put pressure on descision makers by writing in support of Bruce.
Home Secretary – Alan Johnson
Please ask for Bruce to be given safe passage to Eire where he can live legally. It’s probably best if you can compose your own letters but here’s a template letter…
Please write today. There is so little time left.quote :
Thank you. Thank you for writing. Just one last thing….
Excluding the bit about ‘having the power to pardon’ please write also to:
Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
and Northern Ireland Ministers
and Tony Hill, Mayor of Northdown Borough Council
This can only work if enough people write but if enough letters land on enough desktops perhaps we can make a difference.
More templates and contacts here:
For media and other welfare organisations
LATEST UPDATE – STOP PRESS: Bruce’s execution has been postponed! He is still due to be killed. We don’t know when so, please, keep emailing, keep cross-posting, keep writing!
Thanks All!July 4, 2009 at 9:36 pm #91105
The latest news is that Bruce’s barrister has applied for a judicial review. I don’t know if it has been granted yet but counsel has promised that Bruce won’t be destroyed untill every legal avenue has been explored.
This means that Bruce won’t die on Monday but he is still condemened and his life hangs in the balance. It vital to keep up the pressure and keep emailing/writing. We may get little or no notice next time.
Our emails to NI ministers are getting brushed off with referals to Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development.
I’m trying to find some sympathetic NI politicians that we can write to who might help pin down Robinson, Kelly and McGuinness. See below:
Please email the following regarding Bruce. They are mps in the area Bruce was taken from. Please forward everywhere!
more urgent contact details
North Down constituency has six MLAs (think each constituency has six elected)
MLA = Members of the Legislative Assembly
Alexander Easton DUP ???
Stephen farry ???
Peter Weir DUP firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Cree UUP Leslie.email@example.com
or facebook pages
Here’s Stephen Farry MLA
Thank you!!!July 5, 2009 at 9:20 pm #91106
New bruce video. Please crosspost, guys!July 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm #91107
kerrie and stanMember
i cant watch the videos they just make me cry :'( i have mailed everyone that you have posted and i hope that i have helped at least a little.July 8, 2009 at 7:04 pm #91108
The Irish News ran an article on Bruce today. 😀
Northern Ireland Assembly members are describing their inboxes with words like “inundated”. 😀
Statement of support from the KC:quote :
No reponse yet from the RSPCA or USPCA so lets push them hard:
andJuly 10, 2009 at 5:17 am #91109
Keep the pressure up … !
New song by Maria Daines, for BruceJuly 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm #91110
Latest Bruce news…
Here again with a new vid too!
RSPCA join in the criticism:quote :July 11, 2009 at 8:54 am #91111
kerrie and stanMember
i was sent this:
Thank you for drawing this to our attention by copying us in on your message to Mr Johnson
I would like to point out that VetNI is the secretariat for the profession and does not employ any veterinary surgeons, however Bruce’s case has been brought to the attention of the veterinary associations in Northern Ireland. VetNI does not offer comment on specific cases particularly if they are still under consideration by the courts, and cannot speak on behalf of every individual vet in the province, however most practitioners in Northern Ireland would be supportive of the BVA policy (http://www.bva.co.uk/public/documents/ps_dangerous_dogs.pdf) which endorses the Government’s aim of protecting the public from dog attacks whilst opposing any proposals which single out particular breeds of dogs rather than targeting individual aggressive dogs.
Secretary General, VetNIJuly 11, 2009 at 8:59 am #91112
Yep, I had the same too! But we sure are keeping them busy and Bruce’s story is gaining momentum and keeping current. Keep the letter going in ;DJuly 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm #91113
Global protests planned!quote :July 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm #91114
The latest update …
“The ‘Save Bruce’ email campaign started just over a week ago and I’d like to recap over what has been achieved so far by YOU.
The campaign has spread around the whole world. I have personally been fielding emails from Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, Portugal, Spain, France, Holland and Wales. Campaign organisers have also received support from Argentina, Italy, Scotland and elsewhere.
The volume of the response has been huge. Northern Ireland Assembly member McFarland’s office said they had been “inundated” with emails. David Brown of Northdown Borough Council said they had been “inundated” with emails. If these people have been inundated then so have all the other targets including the Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, etc.
The story has attracted enough attention to be covered by CNN, The Irish Times and, at least, two radio stations (not to mention the dog press, K9 Magazine, Dogs Today, etc., etc.)
The campaign has prompted statements from The Dogs Trust, The Kennel Club, the National Canine Research Council and the RSPCA.
Three politicians (so far!) have come forward to offer both help for Bruce and help to prevent this travesty from occurring again.
Hundreds have joined social networking sites and the Bring Bruce Home petition has added over three thousand signatures in the last seven days bringing the total to over 12,000.
Protests are being planned in America and elsewhere and I guarantee that none of this would have happened – none of it – but for the people, like you, who have taken time to sign the petition and write the emails to the dozens of contacts put forward.
Well done to everyone. We are getting through. We are being heard. Right now, I imagine, Northdown Borough Council et al are fervently hoping that the outcry is going to vanish as quickly as it appeared.
But that’s not going to happen.
Please help keep the pressure on. If you have written to the suggested contacts and not yet had a reply then please write again. And again”.July 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm #91115
Candlelight vigils are being held around the world for Bruce, the alleged pit bull type in Northern Ireland.
On 23rd July peaceful vigils will be held in New York, Dublin and London.
In London the vigil will be held at 9.00 – 10.00 p.m. (evening) outside the Northern Ireland Office in Millbank, SW1. If you are within striking distance then please come along and support Bruce’s cause.
Come on, guys! Lets save Bruce.
For those who can’t come (perhaps you have commitments or are just too far away) you can still join Bruce’s Virtual Vigil by holding vigil at home and sending pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to attend the London vigil please email John at email@example.com
Since the vigil is within the restricted area around parliament he needs to keep police informed of expected numbers. If attendance exceeds estimates then we may be prevented from congregating.
Thanks everyone – appreciate your support at this crucial stage.July 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm #91116
There has been a HUGE legal development for Bruce.
Everybody knows that Northern Ireland doesn’t have an amendment to allow ‘type’ dogs to live. The Dept. for Agriculture and Rural Development even reiterated this point in written answers to the Northern Ireland Assembly as recently as last Sept.quote :
It turns out….
Northern Ireland does have its own version of the amendments and has done since 2001. They just forgot to tell anyone!
Forgot to tell Ballymena when they set about their dog massacre. Forgot to tell County Antrim, too, when they set about their own massacre…quote :
Bruce now has a valid legal defence to argue in his favour to compliment the public campaign, thanks to the diligence of campaigners who have painstakingly unearthed the complicated jigsaw of legislation.
But how many dogs have died because they were denied their rights by a State that would rather just kill them than seek justice?
Full story here:
http://www.dogmagazine.net/archives/3244/d…te-on-deathrow/July 24, 2009 at 5:21 am #91117
From London, outside the Northern Ireland Office in Millbank, SW1 – 30 second sample video:July 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm #91118
Here’s the second video.
Here is the 3rd video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePeUyFCNPuA
Maria Daines made a video of the candlelit vigil too …
“Bruce remains in custody and under a court order of destruction so we can’t say things are going well.
However, in the face of hopelessness, DDAWatch have discovered a legal argument that may prevail but now we wait for a court date before that argument can be tested.
In the meanwhile it is imperative that we keep the pressure up and make sure that Bruce’s support is widely noted where it counts”.
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