Thursday, 30 July 2009

BSL Ends NOW!

For the last few weeks we have fought for the release of Bruce, but Bruce is one of many other unnamed dogs currently being targetted under Breed Specific Laws within Northern ireland. Enough is Enough. Now its time for a repeal of that legislation.

Help us reach this target by emailing the contacts given below and requesting they make a stand against draconian legislation. A template letter is below or feel free to write you own. While dogs are still held for no crime other than their appearence, we will stand by them!

Dear

I am contacting you further to my previous email regarding the tragic case of “Bruce”. I remind you of the facts regarding Bruce.

Bruce is a friendly dog whose temperament has never been in question.
Bruce has a loving family whose only wish is to see him live
The authorities have held Bruce for nearly two years costing potentially thousands of taxpayer’s money.
Bruce’s condition while incarcerated deteriorated badly shocking the world.
Bruce’s only “crime” is in his appearance.

In my previous contact with yourself, my request was that you help to intervene and save the life of a friendly pet. I would like to ask this again however it seems no longer enough to request solely for Bruce, as Bruce is one of many dogs that may be found guilty in appearance under the Breed Specific Laws in effect in Northern Ireland.

It is on behalf of all dogs, whose crime is in their appearance that I now contact you and ask that you make a stand against the needless seizure, detainment and potential destruction of dogs such as Bruce and request that all sections within Article 25 of the Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 be repealed from the legislation.

Breed Specific Legislation has been proven to been ineffective at tackling the core problem of irresponsible ownership. Its failure to increase and promote responsible ownership has meant that areas with BSL around the world have failed to see a decrease in incidents with dogs and in many areas these are reported to have actually risen. The Netherlands has noted this failure and has acted accordingly by repealing their ban on breed types.

BSL is also ineffective at reducing the barbaric “sport” of dog fighting. The Welfare of Animals Act contains provisions to deal with those guilty of this offence yet the maximum repercussions for those who abuse and kill innocent creatures are equal to those for a caring owner of a friendly dog whose only crime is in the dog’s physical appearance.

Is it not time that Northern Ireland turn their focus onto those who, intentionally or otherwise, fail to provide for the health and welfare of their pets by ensuring a responsible upbringing of those animals?

I understand that a move to repeal the Breed Specific Aspects of the Dangerous Dogs Act may be considered controversial but I would ask you to question whether or not it is also controversial to continue to back legislation that does not work, cannot work and leads to the destruction of healthy friendly family dogs.

I look forward to hearing your response on the matter

Kind Regards,


The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Shaun Woodward MP

Northern Ireland Office, 11 Millbank, London, SW1P 4PN

Fax: 01744 24306... Read More

www.shaunwoodward.com/enquiry.html

The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA – First Minister
Martin McGuinness MP MLA – deputy First Minister
Jeffrey Donaldson MP - http://www.jeffreydonaldson.org/AdviceCentre.asp
Gerry Kelly MLA
Email: ps.ministers@ofmdfmni.gov.uk

Letters to: GD36 Stormont Castle, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3TT

http://www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/

Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP - Home Secretary
Letters to: 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF,

Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

ruby.cooling@northdown.gov.uk

harry.dunlop@northdown.gov.uk

roberta.dunlop@northdown.gov.uk

wesley.irvine@northdown.gov.uk

info@wjmontgomery.co.uk

alan.chambers@northdown.gov.uk

leslie.cree@northdown.gov.uk

marsden.fitzsimons@northdown.gov.uk

ian.henry@northdown.gov.uk

info@austenlennon.co.uk

alan.graham@northdown.gov.uk

alan.leslie@northdown.gov.uk

james.mckerrow@northdown.gov.uk

marion.smith@northdown.gov.uk

anne.wilson@northdown.gov.uk

brian.wilson@northdown.gov.uk

david.alderdice@northdown.gov.uk

ellie.mckay@northdown.gov.uk

ian.parsley@northdown.gov.uk

diana.peacocke@northdown.gov.uk

enquiries@uspca.co.uk

Alexander Easton DUP Alex.Easton@niassembly.gov.uk

Stephen farry stephen.farry@allianceparty.org

Peter Weir DUP pjweir@hotmail.com

Leslie Cree UUP Leslie.cree@northdown.gov.uk

Stephen farry stephen.farry@allianceparty.org

or facebook pages

Here's Peter Weir
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Farry-MLA/71584014663#/group.php?gid=57364012878

Here's Stephen Farry MLA
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Farry-MLA/71584014663

Brian Wilson
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Farry-MLA/71584014663#/aldermanwilson

Candle-Lit Vigils Held Across the Globe Send Clear Message

Candle-Lit Vigils Held Across the Globe Send Clear Message:

Thursday, July 23rd will remain a day to remember as thousands of people came together to participate in a unique worldwide candle lit vigil to support the pet dog known as ‘Bruce’ who has been imprisoned for nearly two years and condemned to die under draconian breed specific legislation in Northern Ireland.

People of all ages from across the globe paused in their homes and work places to light a candle, to reflect, to remember and to support a dog, a dog who is miles away, a dog that they have never met, a dog who has captured attention as a dog who is sentenced to be killed via lethal injection but has not put a paw wrong, a dog who is representing thousands of nameless pets just like him, pets who have been persecuted for eighteen years and put to death by a law no one supports, a law which rips apart families, a mad law that disgracefully United Kingdom residents are still blighted with.

Running alongside the candle lit vigil, events were organised in central London, New York, Dublin and Seattle, despite the rain, people made their way travelling to show their support, standing united against injustice with their families and their dogs.

In central London dog owners stood outside the Northern Ireland Office between 9pm and 10pm. The pavement and front of the building soon filled up with banners, flowers and candles and the message was clear – Let Bruce Live as we are not giving up on him and Repeal this cruel law that exterminates dogs based on their appearance. Supporters quietly lined up and laid a flower amongst the candles flickering In the dark in memory of dogs just like Bruce, older pets and others just puppies who have all suffered and had their lives ended under the Dangerous Dogs Act, they were remembered, the nameless voiceless casualties who pay with their lives for our failures were remembered.

Amongst the crowd was a registered dog named Bishop, just 3 years of age and limping having endured nine months in kennels awaiting his fate, muzzled and branded with a huge tattoo under the law, he couldn’t get his tongue out to lick everyone as this was his main mission, but he did manage to have his belly repeatedly rubbed and took his own flower attached to his collar to lay alongside the rest.

Vigil photographs began to arrive en masse as people took part and made their own record, they have been collated and can be seen online in three parts (part four is currently in the making). A truly remarkable day had unfolded, some of us thinking how would It feel if it was our precious dog that was forcibly taken away, our dog living in a concrete cell, our dog branded as ‘dangerous’ or with his tail cut away due to infection, some already aware having experienced it first hand. Bruce has captured the hearts of many as he epitomises a wider issue that has been sizzling away for some time: a law which is so desperate in need of repeal.

Thursday night was the 673rd night in kennels for Bruce, locked away and unaware that so many do care, haven’t given up and are trying to help save him and end the misery that is breed specific legislation.

All eyes remain focused on Northern Ireland, the politicians have the power to stand up and end this ridiculous law throughout the UK, in the meantime Bruce waits a further legal hearing and a second wave of letters and complaints are being planned as the message is clear - where there is life there is hope. END BSL.

London Vigil:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ayzyR_flE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhMET8EiBe0
Layers of Flowers – London - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6KLLkTsLWM&feature=related

New York City Vigil - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYYwdXHVSjQ&feature=related

Worldwide Candle-Lit Vigil:
Part One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11UmAeG46ZE
Part Two - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsWmoxyYMRE
Part Three - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePeUyFCNPuA&feature=related

Monday, 13 July 2009

Saving Bruce - Coming Events!

Firstly an apology for the lack of blogs. We are inundated with emails etc. However the following have been set up by Bruce "supporters" and details forwarded so pull out your diaries and see if you can attend the following:

NEW YORK DEMONSTRATION - NY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST BSL AND SUPPORTS "BRING BRUCE HOME" CAMPAIGN

Please join us in New York City on July 23rd to support the "Bring Bruce Home" campaign, a peaceful demonstration o f protest and enlightenment. We will also be fighting the BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) ordinance that the New York Housing Authority enacted last month, which banned many different breeds from it’s public housing. We want New York City to realize that we will not allow BSL to take the lives of our animals, and we will be armed with educational tools to spread awareness about these ignorant and vicious laws.


Thousands around the world have heard of "Bruce", a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescued from a cardboard box off the streets of Northern Ireland. He once lived in peace with the only family he ever knew – but now lives caged in isolation - abused and neglected for the past 2 years at the hands of Northern Ireland's government. Bruce's tragedy is one of many sad tales of an innocent victim falling prey to the horrors of the Dangerous Dog Act and Breed Specific Legislation.
According to the Dangerous Dogs Act in Northern Ireland, if a dog is found by the courts to be of a banned breed then it shall be destroyed.


These dogs are sentenced to die based solely on their physical characteristics, not their deeds. Bruce was not judged on his gentle-loving manner, or for being a family pet and possessing a kind nature and beautiful soul.
Bruce was scheduled to die on July 6th 2009, but was granted a last minute stay of execution. His life still hangs in the balance. After this news went public, there was a massive outpouring of compassionate citizens from all over the world dedicated and united in saving Bruce's life. His fight has touched thousands and now we are reaching out to touch even more.


Bruce's family is alone, in terror, in pain, and in devastating silence. Please invite your family, friends and loved ones so that we can be a voice for the voiceless, and speak up for all of the lives lost due to Breed
Specific Legislation and the Dangerous Dog Laws. We will demonstrate against what this law actually is - BREED GENOCIDE LAW.


Be one among hundreds, if not thousands, who are ready and willing to stand up, to be seen, to be heard, and to make a change. We must be united in solidarity to repeal this law of inhumanity.


After the demonstration, we will end the evening by lighting a candle and joining the rest of the world as we pause (paws) shoulder to shoulder, and heart to heart in recognition for all of us fighting to "Bring Bruce Home". We are uniting to make a change for Bruce and for all dogs – so that no other dog falls victim to senseless animal cruelty, and so that all dogs already victimized by this law did not die in vain.


Meet us on Thursday July 23, 2009 at 6:00pm at the North entrance to Washington Square Park. We will be assembling in front of the arch, at 5th avenue and Waverly Pl. Directions: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or Q to the W. 4th St / Washington Square stop. Or take the R, W to the 8th St. stop. Or take the 6 train to the Astor Pl. stop.
Please email Caroline at celtic266@aol.com or Amy at sonicalc727@aol.com or Julie at julie.zigadlo@uconn.edu if you have any questions.
Visit the NYC Pit Bull Group website for additional information - http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Pitbull/ Thank you! See you on the 23rd!!

Also:


JOIN OUR CALL TO "PAWS"

"Paws" for a moment of silence and join us in lighting a candle in honor, support and recognition of our beautiful canine friend, "Bruce", an innocent victim and pawn of Northern Ireland's Breed Specific Legislation law.

We can not do many things for Bruce as he still sits - just under 2 years - caged, isolated, and physically neglected at the hands of a government agency. These laws were enacted to decrease harm to its' citizens but is now causing harm to many dogs, including Bruce, and their families.

We can not break him free.

We can not ease his confusion and sadness of being taken from the only home he has ever known.

We can not relieve his suffering, and the pain that he continues to endure, nor can we replace his once-beautiful and healthy tail, now amputated from this government's abuse and neglect.

What we can do is pause "paws" for a moment of silence and light our flame in honor of "Bruce", in support of his steadfast-unwavering courage, continuing trust and devotion, and in recognition of his undeniable "spirit", that continues to touch the world.

We can "paws" to honor all of our canine friends and their families around the world who have lost their lives to Breed Specific Legislation and Dangerous Dog Act Laws, this criminal - breed genocide law, and vow to make a change, worldwide, one goal, one purpose, uniting us all in solidarity to repeal this law of inhumanity.

On Thursday, July 23rd 2009 at dusk in your part of the world, with your beloved pets safe at your side, light a candle and "paws" for this powerful moment of silence in honor, in support, and in recognition for all of us fighting to "Bring Bruce Home" uniting to make a change for "Bruce" and the many lives already lost--so that they did not die in vain.

Capture the moment with a digital photograph or video and please send to: mail@dangerousdogsact.co.uk and/or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10616243761 so that we may record this historical moment in our fight for justice and publish these touching moments for the world to see.

And finally:


Okay – this is the idea (it’s not my idea but, like an opportunist burglar, I’ve picked it up and am running with it as fast as I can. Lol)



A candle lit vigil for Bruce, the alleged pit bull in Northern Ireland.



Here’s how it works. I am told that some protests are being organised in America on Bruce’s behalf and are planned for Thursday 23rd July. I’d like to complement this effort with a world-wide photographic candle-lit vigil to be published on the same day.



What is needed.



1) A candle



2) A sign saying ‘Save Bruce’ or ‘Bring Bruce Home’



3) A camera



What to do.



1) Persuade, cajole, bully, bribe and threaten as many people as possible to join in the photograph.



2) Take photograph





3) Upload photo and post on this thread where I will copy it or email it directly to mail@dangerousdogsact.co.uk.



What happens then?



1) On 23rd July the pictures will be published on Facebook or Bebo or both.



2) A press release will be issued by DDAWatch.



3) A new video will be released with the pictures included.



Points to remember.



1) Make the sign big, clear and central



2) It’s a sombre purpose so big, cheesey smiles are probably not needed.



3) If you are under 16 then please make sure that a parent gives permission and is in the photograph too.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Saving Bruce - Tuesday Targets

Yes, I know. Todays update is later than normal. The reason for its lateness is the HUGE number of emails we have been dealing with plus all the "behind the scences" work.

The good news is we are STILL reaching more and more people who are horrified at what is happening, not just to Bruce, not just in Northern Ireland but around the world. BSL is spreading and taking the lives of many good dogs. While you email for Bruce dont forget to email your own representitives and ask them for a complete repeal of your breed specific laws!

One of the many supporters has also had a reply from the Irish News and I can confirm that they have now spoken with Bruce's owner and we are expecting his story to be covered in tomorrows edition! Watch this space for more on that.


I can hear more emails coming in as I type so I shall make it quick! Today we have a new set of targets (contact emails below) and are asking again for you all to contact the USPCA. You can use any of the templates or simply out your own thoughts down.

So todays contacts are:

The USPCA

enquiries@uspca.co.uk

Deputy mayor


Email: gordon.dunne@northdown.gov.uk


Mlps for northdown (extras not already covered)
ruby.cooling@northdown.gov.uk

harry.dunlop@northdown.gov.uk

roberta.dunlop@northdown.gov.uk

wesley.irvine@northdown.gov.uk

info@wjmontgomery.co.uk

alan.chambers@northdown.gov.uk

leslie.cree@northdown.gov.uk

marsden.fitzsimons@northdown.gov.uk

ian.henry@northdown.gov.uk

info@austenlennon.co.uk

alan.graham@northdown.gov.uk

alan.leslie@northdown.gov.uk

james.mckerrow@northdown.gov.uk

marion.smith@northdown.gov.uk

anne.wilson@northdown.gov.uk

brian.wilson@northdown.gov.uk

david.alderdice@northdown.gov.uk

ellie.mckay@northdown.gov.uk

ian.parsley@northdown.gov.uk

diana.peacocke@northdown.gov.uk


Please do keep those emails going. Bruce is still in kennels waiting for us to save him!

For more info please contact mail@dangerousdogsact.co.uk

Monday, 6 July 2009

Saving Bruce - Uspca contact

Please contact the USPCA, the major animal welfare body in ireland. Contact email is

enquiries@uspca.co.uk

Template below or feel free to use your own email. As you can imagine this is a very important area to contact so please crosspost as much as possible and ask everyone you know to contact them.

Dear USPCA

I am writing to you with regard to a travesty about to occur in Northern Ireland and to beg you to intervene and help save a life.

The life in question belongs to Bruce, a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was living happily with his family in Northern Ireland. On September 19th 2007 Bruce was seized by council officials as an alleged “pit bull type” and taken to secluded kennels whilst his owner was taken to court for owning a banned type of dog.

While incarcerated in kennels his family were allowed to visit Bruce in October 2007, Bruce had lost weight, muscle and had a cut to his muzzle. Five months later Bruce was allowed a second visit from his family in March 2008, they were shocked with what they found: The wound on Bruce's muzzle was larger and had become infected, he had to have his tail amputated, had open sores, was underweight and looked totally rejected, yet despite the clear pain he was in, is described by experts as being a friendly dog that poses no danger to the public. In a desperate attempt to save Bruce, owner Shannon Brown, supporters and neighbours have created petitions and videos resulting in worldwide support to “Bring Bruce Home”.

Northern Ireland has not adopted the 1997 Amendment Act as in England, Scotland and Wales, despite being proposed several times, thus meaning any dog deemed to be “pit bull type” cannot be entered onto the Index of Exempted Dogs. If the proposal had been accepted in Northern Ireland, as with the rest of the UK, Bruce would have been home long before now, alive and well registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs. Northern Ireland is however currently considering legislative change but this is not likely to be achieved in time to save Bruce.

If Bruce lived in Southern Ireland where no breeds are nationally banned he would never have been seized at all. Bruce has been offered a place of safety with a reputable rescue in Southern Ireland where he could legally live out the rest of his life, this offer has been conveyed to the solicitor but has sadly not been accepted by the court.

Please help Bruce and intervene to allow Bruce the chance of life by refusing to destroy a happy friendly dog. This is all that is needed. I am sure that you are aware of how emotionally committed good owners are to their pets. Dogs are part of our families as much as children. Please spare Bruce’s owner the further trauma of having to see Bruce destroyed so needlessly. Please add your voice to help save Bruce and allow a blameless animal the chance of life.

We claim to be a nation of animal lovers, surely now it is time to prove it? I await your response.

Yours faithfully

Saving Bruce - Monday morning feeling?

Its the monday morning following one of the most manic weekends most of Bruce's supporters will have ever faced. Emails have been sent in their thousands, Ideas, Videos, Groups, Mailing lists, forums have all been frantic with efforts to Save Bruce. Most of us are, quite frankly, knackered!

But heres a thought that may give you a little smile and help you keep on going.

It IS Monday. Certain organisations, Mps etc will now be sitting down at their computers and finding that while they had a weekend off - WE DIDNT!!!!!

Now isnt that a pleasent thought?! Imagine the look on their faces as they find out how many emails they have. Its the little things that make us keep fighting isnt it?!

As the past few days have been so hectic I thought I would take a moment to run a "check list" so all Bruce's supporters can see at a glance all the updates that have happened over the weekend. Please do take a moment to email each and every one.

First a new video to try and gather more support has been created and can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aQLog460Io Please crosspost in the hopes even more people help save Bruce.

The USPCA have been added to our list of contacts. For templates and contacts see here: http://dangerousdogsact.blogspot.com/2009/07/saving-bruce-uspca-contact.html

We are also asking everyone to contact the major news groups. A template letter is avaliable here : http://dangerousdogsact.blogspot.com/2009/07/template-media-letter.html

And a list of contacts for world wide media can be found here: http://dangerousdogsact.blogspot.com/2009/07/worldwide-media-attention-saving-bruce.html

A list of contacts for UK media : http://dangerousdogsact.blogspot.com/2009/07/saving-bruce-uk-media-contacts.html

A list of contacts for Irish Media : http://dangerousdogsact.blogspot.com/2009/07/saving-bruce-irish-media-contacts.html

We are also asking everyone to contact the irish MLPs.
A list of contacts and a template letter can be found here: http://dangerousdogsact.blogspot.com/2009/07/saving-bruce-mlps-contact-list.html

We have asked supporters to beg Veterinary groups to refuse to destroy Bruce should they be asked and have templates and contacts details here: http://ddawatch.webs.com/savingbrucevetdraft.htm

Please also contact the ministers for Ireland and the uk who have the power to grant Bruce a pardon. Tmeplate and contacts details are here: http://ddawatch.webs.com/savingbrucetemplate1.htm

and finally (I think!!!) we have asked everyone to contact the RSPCA, Dogs trust, Kennel Club and Irish Kennel Club. Templates can be found here along with contact details ; http://ddawatch.webs.com/brucetemplategeneral.htm

Now just looking at all of that is pretty amazing - whats every more amazing is that good people from all over the WORLD are emailing every single one of them! Northern Ireland HAS to listen - the world is watching them and that is all thanks to YOU!!!!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Template media letter

Due to a huge number of request we have drawn up the following template letter for the media should anyone wish to use it. Feel free to make any changes you wish and keep emailing!!!!


Template media letter

Dear

The story of Bruce, a dog currently in Northern Ireland who was taken from his owner in 2007 and due to be killed because of his looks, has taken dog lovers across the globe by storm. In a world where discrimination has been condemned and not tolerated in our human world, the world is now watching Northern Ireland and following his case.

Commenting about Pitbulls on her Twitter page, US actress Demi Moore commented "they've been given a bad name as a breed" and continues that they're "sweet natured dogs who've been mistreated and used by humans"

Bruce's only mistake is the way he looks, surely this can't be an acceptable reason for his fate? As the 'Bring Bruce Home' campaign comes to a climax and his fate due any day (he was initially due to be killed 6th July but due to on-going legal proceedings, this may be delayed).


As the plight of Bruce’s story travels, support for him and horror, disgust and anger against a law which permits the killing of an innocent dog based on its appearance is flooding in, comments can be seen here: http://www.dogmagazine.net/archives/3045/eleventh-hour-mercy-plea-to-save-death-row-dog-bruce/

Bruce was taken from his owner Shannon-Leah Brown in 2007 when seized because of his looks rather than him actually having done anything wrong. Northern Ireland has a mandatory death penalty for dogs found to resemble ‘pit bull types’ unlike the rest of the mainland UK and neighbouring Southern Ireland who gave the courts discretion when sentencing twelve years ago. A home in a rescue in Southern Ireland has even been offered to Bruce.


Interviews with canine expert, Ryan O'Meara of The Pet Owners Parliament and Bruce's owner, Shannon-Leah Brown are available upon request.


For more information please contact mail@dangerousdogsact.co.uk

yours faithfully

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Worldwide media attention - saving bruce

We are asking alot, I know but please try and take just a few moments to email the following in the hopes they will cover the Saving Bruce Campaign.

Sky News TV

Post: Sky News, BSkyB, Grant Way, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 5QD
Email: news@sky.com



BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ifs/hi/newsid_4000000/newsid_4000500/4000545.stm



CNN http://www.cnn.com/feedback/tips/newstips.html


Let us know of any response you get and keep up the great work!

Saving Bruce - Irish media contacts

I know everyone is pretty emailed out but we must keep up the push to save bruce. He is still on death row so please email as many of the contacts below as possible! Thank you !

IRISH NEWS LTD: 113 – 117 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2GE. Neil Doran (editor): n.doran@irishnews.com. newsdesk@irishnews.com features@irishnews.com

BELFAST TELEGRAPH: 124 Royal Avenue, Belfast NT1 1EB. Tel: 028 9026 4000.
Switchboard
Tel: 02890 264000
News desk
Tel: 02890 264420
Picture desk
Tel: 02890 264460
Features
Tel: 02890 264475
Letters to the Editor
writeback@belfasttelegraph.co.uk



Una Bradley
Features Journalist
ubradley@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Business Editor
businesseditor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

John Campbell
GAA Correspondent
jcampbell@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Helen Carson
Features Journalist
hcarson@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

John Caruth
Features Editor
jcaruth@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Maureen Coleman
News Journalist
mcoleman@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Paul Connolly
News Editor
pconnolly@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Jerome Crolly
jcrolly@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Michael Drake
Agriculture Editor
mdrake@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Features Editor
featureseditor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Bob Fenton
Racing Correspondent
bfenton@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

John Flanagan
jflanagan@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Marie Foy
News Journalist
mfoy@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nigel Gould
Health Correspondent
ngould@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Gary Grattan
News Journalist
ggrattan@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

John Grayden
News Journalist
jgrayden@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Sammy Hamill
Editorial
shamill@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Ronan Henry
Deputy News Editor
rhenry@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Brian Hunter
bhunter@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Karen Ireland
Features Journalist
kireland@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Neil Johnston
Features Journalist
njohnston@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Noel McAdam
Political Correspondent
nmcadam@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Jack McAllister
jmcallister@belfasttelegraph.co.uk


Oliver McGuckin
omcguckin@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Neil McKay
Journalist
nmckay@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Colin McMullan
cmcmullan@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Mandi Millar
Features Journalist
mmillar@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Robin Morton
Business Correspondent
rmorton@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

David Neely
dneely@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Maurice Neill
Business Correspondent
mneill@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

News Editor
newseditor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Michael Sadlier
Journalist
msadlier@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Michael Scrivener
Journalist
mscrivener@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

John Taylor
Journalist
jtaylor@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Cyril Thackway
cthackway@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nigel Tilson
Business Editor
ntilson@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Lorrae Thompson
Journalist
lthompson@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Chris Thornton
Political Correspondent
cthornton@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Kathryn Torney
Education Correspondent
ktorney@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Gail Walker
Features Journalist
gwalker@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Michael Walsh
mwalsh@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

David Watson
Journalist
dwatson@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Tim Webb
Journalist
twebb@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Roy Winter
Journalist
rwinter@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

SHANKILL MIRROR: 331-333 Shankill Rd, Belfast BT13 3AA. T:028 9031 2882. news@shankillmirror.com brian@shankillmirror.com

SOUTH BELFAST NEWS: Hannahstown Hill, Hannahstown, Belfast BT17 0LT. 028 9060 8807
Editor Maria McCourt m.mccourt@dailyireland.com

Photographer John Kelly johnkelly@irelandclick.com

Journalists Joe Nawaz joenawaz@irelandclick.com

Laura McDaid lauramcdaid@irelandclick.com

COMMUNITY TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPERS(linked to Belfast Telegraph I think): 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EB. 028 9026 4396.

MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD: 415 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 2GU. 028 9056 8000.

NORTH BELFAST NEWS: 253-255 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 2GY. 028 9058 4444.
Andrea McKernon (editor) andrea@irelandclick.com
Photographer: Thomas McMullan Thomas@irelandclick.com
Journalists: Evan Short evan@irelandclick.com
Aine McEntee ainemcentee@irelandclick.com

BELFAST NEWS: 46-56 Boucher Crescent, Belfast BT12 6QY. 028 9068 0000. (weekly free-sheet from Newsletter, see below)

NEWS OF THE WORLD: PO Box 805, BT3 9BE. 0845 686 3131. newsdesk@notw.co.uk

NEWSLETTER: 45 Boucher Crescent, Belfast, BT12 6HU. 028 9068 0040. following link takes you to a page to fill in a feedback form for email – there’s an option to send a message to the news desk. http://www.newsletter.co.uk/contactus.aspx

ALTERNATIVE ULSTER this is a music/culture/lifestyle mag, main focus on music scene but they might cover something ARAN did if they found it interesting. Readers would tend to be more open-minded, free thinkers.: 56 Bradbury Place, Belfast, BT7 1RU. 028 9032 4455. info@alternativeulster.com

IRISH TIMES LTD: 110 Great Victoria St, Belfast, BT2 7BE. 028 9032 3324. news@irish-times.com lettersed@irish-times.ie (letters to editor)


IRISH INDEPENDENT: 7 North St, Belfast BT1 INA. 028 9032 9436.

SUNDAY WORLD: 3-5 Commercial Court, Belfast BT1 2NB, 028 9023 8118.

FATE MAGAZINES (this is a free entertainment magazine, you see it in nearly every bar in Belfast. If something was happening locally they may cover it, if they can get an interesting story) 1st Floor, Arbor House, 71-75 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1DR. 028 9023 6888.

Saving Bruce - UK Media contacts

The Sun: talkback@the-sun.co.uk

the Sun again: exclusive@the-sun.co.uk

The Mirror: mirrornews@mirror.co.uk

Sunday Mirror: scoops@sundaymirror.co.uk


Daily Mail: news@dailymail.co.uk

TIMES ONLINE
Editor in Chiefonline.editor@timesonline.co.uk

Newsdesknews@timesonline.co.uk

Businessbusiness@timesonline.co.uk

THE TIMES Editorial departments

Home Newshome.news@thetimes.co.uk

World Newsforeign.news@thetimes.co.uk

Businessbusiness@thetimes.co.uk

Tempustempus@thetimes.co.uk

City Diarycity.diary@thetimes.co.uk

Letters*letters@thetimes.co.uk

Letters letters@guardian.co.uk
Readers' editor reader@guardian.co.uk

The Guardian

Features desk g2@guardian.co.uk
Media Guardian media@guardian.co.uk
News desk national@guardian.co.uk
Political staff politics@guardian.co.uk
Review review@guardian.co.uk
Society society@guardian.co.uk
Weekend magazine weekend@guardian.co.uk

Saving Bruce - MLPS contact list

Following on from the Saving Bruce Campaign we are asking everyone to please try and take a few moments to email the following MLPS.

Please email the following regarding bruce. They are mps in the area bruce was taken from.

more urgent contact details

North Down constituency has six MLAs (think each constituency has six elected)
MLA = Members of the Legislative Assembly

Alex Easton
Stephen Farry
Peter Weir
Leslie Cree
Brian Wilson


Alexander Easton DUP Alex.Easton@niassembly.gov.uk

Stephen farry stephen.farry@allianceparty.org



Peter Weir DUP pjweir@hotmail.com

Leslie Cree UUP Leslie.cree@northdown.gov.uk

Stephen farry stephen.farry@allianceparty.org



or facebook pages

Here's Peter Weir
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Farry-MLA/71584014663#/group.php?gid=57364012878


Here's Stephen Farry MLA
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Farry-MLA/71584014663

Brian Wilson
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Farry-MLA/71584014663#/aldermanwilson

Thank you!!!
Template or use your own...#

Template if u wanna use it;-)

Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly:

I am writing to you regarding your constituent Shannon-Leah Brown and her pet dog ‘Bruce’ an innocent dog who has been sentenced to die and was due to be destroyed on Monday 6th July, until a last minute stay of execution was granted as legal proceedings are ongoing.

Bruce, a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was living happily with his family in Bangor, when on September 19th 2007 he was seized by council officials as an alleged “pit bull type” and taken to secluded kennels whilst his owner was taken to court for owning a banned type of dog contrary to the Dangerous Dogs Act (Order) 1991. A trial was heard at Bangor Magistrates' Court on 27th August 2008 and the court determined that Bruce was “of type” despite the evidence from two expert identification witnesses who said he was not. Judgement was given two weeks later on the 12th September and Bruce was ordered destroyed devastating his family and supporters. He remains on ‘canine death row’.

Whilst incarcerated in kennels his family were allowed to visit Bruce in October 2007, Bruce had lost weight, muscle tone and had a cut to his muzzle. Five months later Bruce was allowed a second visit from his family in March 2008, they were shocked with what they found: The wound on Bruce's muzzle was larger and had become infected, he had to have his tail amputated, had open sores, was underweight and looked totally rejected (video evidence -
YouTube - x.Bring Bruce Home Where He Belongs.x


) yet despite the clear pain he was in, is described by experts as being a friendly dog that poses no danger to the public.

Northern Ireland has not adopted the 1997 Amendment Act as in England, Scotland and Wales, despite being debated several times. Any dog deemed to be “pit bull type” cannot be entered onto the Index of Exempted Dogs as an alternative to destruction. If provisions in the Amendment Act had been accepted in Northern Ireland, as with the rest of the UK, Bruce would have been home long before now, alive and registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs.

Bruce has been offered a place of safety with a dedicated rescue and sanctuary in Southern Ireland where he could legally live out the rest of his life but this offer has not so far been accepted by the court.

Bruce hasn't actually ever put a paw wrong; he is sentenced to death due to the way he looks and the fact that NI has a mandatory death penalty for dogs found to resemble ‘pit bull types’ unlike the rest of the UK who gave the courts discretion when sentencing twelve years ago.

In a desperate attempt to save Bruce, owner Shannon Brown, supporters and neighbours have created petitions and videos resulting in support from Northern Ireland and worldwide to “Bring Bruce Home”. Dogs are part of our families as much as children. Please support your constituent - Bruce’s owner and add your voice to help defend Bruce.

As the plight of Bruce’s story travels, support for him and horror, disgust and anger against a law which permits the killing of an innocent dog based on its appearance is flooding in (for example please see Eleventh Hour Mercy Plea to Save Death Row Dog Bruce ) the world is now watching Northern Ireland and following the case.

I look forward to your view on the legislation and plea that you please support Bruce and bring this matter to the urgent attention of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Yours sincerely


Thank you in advance for all your help!

Friday, 3 July 2009

Bruce update!

UPDATE : yesterday bruce's barrister went to the High Court for judicial review. The counsel has granted an undertaking that until every avenue of the law has been explored, Bruce will not be destroyed. The solicitors are about to apply to the Lord Chief Justice for the case to be stated however Bruce remains held in kennels on death. Please keep up the pressure and emails!!!

Bruce update

UPDATE : yesterday they went to the High Court for judicial review. The counsel has granted an undertaking that until every avenue of the law has been explored, Bruce will not be destroyed. The solicitors are about to apply to the Lord Chief Justice for the case to be stated however Bruce remains held in kennels on death row. Please keep up the pressure and emails!!!

Saving Bruce

Firstly a MASSIVE thank you to all those who have rushed to help save Bruce a young friendly dog in Northern Ireland who is due to die simply because of his looks. Bruce has a place of safety in southern Ireland where he can be legally kept however this option has not been taken. I can confirm that Bruces execution on monday 6th july has been postponed...not cancel just postponed. He could still; be destroyed at any momant.

there is a chance for Bruce...a small chance and we need your help.

Please look at the links below. Each page has a template letter and at the bottom of each page is a list of contacts. Please send the letter on each page (or indeed write one of your own) and send to the contacts at the bottom. Please note there are different contact details for each page so do check them all.

Keep up the pressure and maybe, just maybe we can save Bruce!!!!

http://ddawatch.webs.com/savingbrucetemplate1.htm

http://ddawatch.webs.com/savingbrucevetdraft.htm

http://ddawatch.webs.com/brucetemplategeneral.htm


to hear about bruces story please see here:

http://www.dogmagazine.net/archives/3045/eleventh-hour-mercy-plea-to-save-death-row-dog-bruce/