West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper spoke out in Parliament in support of Harvey’s Law reinstating the requirement for the Highways Agency and its contractors to identify and record domestic animals killed on the strategic road network.
The campaign started after Harvey, a dog, ran away one night. The owners spent three months looking for Harvey before finding out he had been killed on the M62 just 20 minutes after going missing. All of which could have been avoided, if Harvey had been scanned.
Harvey’s Law campaign began as a result and gathered over 120,000 signatures for their government e-petition.
The petition requested legislation to enforce a formulated process ensuring that HA Departments abide by the following:
- Compulsory scanning of all domestic animals retrieved from the highways.
- Log report filed and circulated to both Police and Dog Warden.
- Photographs of the deceased to be held with the log report to be used for identification purposes.
Rosie Cooper spoke during the Parliamentary Debate on Monday 2 March in Westminster Hall.
Rosie Cooper said:
“I’m delighted by the Minister’s U-turn to reinstate the requirement to identify dogs and now cats killed on our highways.
“It was unnecessary and unacceptable that Harvey’s owners were left not knowing what had happened to their pet.
“Scanning the chip and making contact could have saved months of worry and thousands of pounds for one family.
“This is a massive victory for the Harvey’s Law campaigners and the 122,400 people who signed the e-petition.
“As I said to the Minister, given responsible owners have their dogs chipped it can’t be beyond the wit of man to find a solution.
“Making the scanning mandatory once again is to be welcomed as was the promise to include scanning cats.”