SOUTHEND City Councillors, across the political divide, have backed a motion to boost animal welfare policies in Southend
Lydia Hyde, Labour councillor for St Laurence Ward, presented a motion at the latest council meeting, to boost training for animal welfare officers, empower residents to report abuse and look at introducing a “Rocket O’Clock” scheme this year, which will encourage residents to undertake private fireworks displays at a set hour during the fireworks display season.
Introducing these and a raft of other measures to improve the lives of animals in the city, she said: “Southend is a city of animal lovers with an estimated half owning a pet of some kind and many enjoy the ample opportunity to enjoy nature in our parks, woodlands and coastline.
“This will be unsurprising to some councillors who regularly receive communications from residents concerning animals and there are several of these issues raised tonight with this motion.”
Ms Hyde added: “This motion calls for easier ways for residents to report animal abuse that they witness and suggests a ‘Rocket O’ Clock’ hour where responsible residents can co-ordinate their fireworks displays.
“Let’s bring in a ban on pets for prizes on council land.
“Our residents want us to take action on those disgusting individuals who abuse animals or use animals for profit with little regard for their wellbeing. Let’s do that. Lets give every support to our enforcement team and give gold standard training.
“Let’s extend that training to residents on how to spot telltale signs of animal crime such as dog fighting rings or illegal puppy farms.”
Councillors backed the motion unanimously.
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