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Pets will be better protected than children in the UK

by | May 30, 2024

By Ann Farmer

Britain is in a political frenzy after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that a snap general election will take place on July 4.

This means that some of his government’s bills will lapse before becoming law, including a controversial Criminal Justice Bill which would have included two extreme abortion-up-to-birth amendments. This would have been the biggest change in the regulation of abortion in the UK since 1967. It is not unlikely that this would have paved the way for the legalisation of infanticide later on.

The pro-life movement has rightly hailed this as “brilliant news” in its battle to resist ever more permissive abortion laws in the UK.

However, as a sign of Parliament’s pro-life priorities, it did manage to push through an incredibly compassionate, thoughtful bill which had vigorous bipartisan support: the Pet Abduction Bill. This law will go into effect soon. It makes taking a cat, or taking or detaining a dog, a criminal offence. Anyone convicted could face a fine or a maximum of five years in prison.

The sponsor of the Bill, Anna Wirth MP, explained that: “Britain is a nation of animal lovers. Our pets are part of our families. They comfort us when we are down and give us a huge amount of laughter, energy and joy when we are up—and, in fact, all the time. They make a house a home. That is why it is so heartbreaking when any one of our beloved pets is snatched away from us, and it is also why the taking, abducting or detaining of someone else’s beloved pet is such a sick and cruel crime.”

I used to think that comfort, laughter, energy and joy were what children were for. It is one of life’s great mysteries – why are the British so willing to protect their pets and so unwilling to protect their babies?

It is an iron law of human nature that whenever we make something easier we tend to see more of it, and it could easily have been predicted, when Boris Johnson’s administration allowed abortion pills to be prescribed over the phone during the Covid pandemic, that there would be a surge in abortions. This has indeed come to pass: the long-delayed figures for 2022 show the highest number of abortions ever recorded in England and Wales, with 252,122 in 2022 – an increase of 37,253 (17.34 percent) from 2021.

This massive increase is shocking but not surprising; and it is no surprise that the Department of Health and Social Care – whose name begins to sound positively Orwellian – took so long to release them.

Doctors have been warning of the disastrous outcomes of the pills-by-post system for women’s health, while vulnerable women have faced high levels of coercion.

Public opinion has shown consistent support for more restrictions on abortion, not fewer, but will this new death toll make a difference? Each one is of course a tragedy, but as Stalin observed, “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.”

And so are the millions of abortions, the latest statistics adding hugely to the more than ten million unborn lives lost since 1967.

Editor’s note. This appeared at MercatorNet and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Abortion