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 December 2019, we have run 21 training sessions in 9 cities right across Ukraine, to Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Chernivtsi, Kharkiv and Cherkasy.
- 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.
- In October 2019, we were invited to present to the Italian Police of the Polizia Locale and Carabinieri at their Link Conference discussing the connection between animal and human violence.
- In October, 21 cities across Ukraine took part in an event for World Animal Day, showing that animals matter.
- In November 2019 we presented at the Canadian National Link Conference in Toronto to police officers from across Canada.
- We have set up a successful social media platform to advise an even wider audience about animal abuse, how to tackle it and work in partnerships for safer communities or animals.
- We have taken part in TV programmes in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Donbas plus featured in more than 50 media pieces explaining our work to wide audiences.
What’s in the pipeline?
- We are planning to increase the reach even further 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, veterinary and lawyer training programmes.
- 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 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.
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.