The aim of our training programme is to reduce victims of animal crime and bring suspected offenders to justice. To do this, we are assisting animal welfare groups, police, prosecutors and the municipality to work together to fight animal cruelty.
What have we achieved so far?
- As of September 2019, we have run 20 training sessions in 8 cities right across Ukraine, to Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Chernivtsi and Kharkiv.
- That is over 200 officers who then cascade their awareness to 1000s of others.
- We’ve also held seminars for animal groups in each of these cities, presented at an Open Cages Conference in Kyiv and presented to over 100 attendees at a conference at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv.
- Serious animal abuse in Ukraine carries an 8-year maximum sentence and, helped by our training, the last year has seen three times as many cases reach court.
- In April 2019, we presented about our work in Ukraine to the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG) in Westminster to a select group of MP and animal organisations. We stressed the need to take animal abuse seriously and increase the maximum jail terms for serious abusers.
What’s in the pipeline?
- We are planning to increase the reach we have across Ukraine by developing an online training programme.
- We are in discussions to include the link between animal abuse and human violence into the police academy.
- We are planning our next training in other cities. So many want us to visit, we have to make them cost-efficient.
- We are writing a guide to handling aggressive dogs for use by the patrol police to prevent injuries and to show why animals need treating properly.
- We will be taking an opportunity to present about our work to the National Conference in Toronto, Canada on November 2019 as our campaign manager will already be visiting that area on vacation.
- We are hoping to be able to arrange some joint working with the Romanian police during 2020.
- We're continuing to work with TV, radio and printed and online media across Ukraine to educate the police and the public about the link between animal abuse and human violence, and what they can do to stop it.
- We are taking an active role in World Animal Day with our friends in the Ukraine Police.
PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TODAY and join with us to make this pioneering project an even bigger success!
Ukraine is a vast country, around twice the size of the UK. It’s only your generosity that will enable us to reach police, animal groups and municipalities across all regions.
The more training courses we run, the more animal abusers will be brought before the courts. Ultimately, this means an increased number of animals will be saved from a life of abuse and suffering at the hands of criminals.