Dog Fighting, Animal Cruelty & Links to Domestic Violence - Tues 23rd April 2019 - 5-7pm Boothroyd Room (Portcullis House)


Dog Fighting, Animal Cruelty & Links to Domestic Violence 

Animal abuse is a violent crime that can affect all animals, vulnerable people & communities. The safest communities are those within which all members are protected. In most countries, the police are the first responders to crimes. When this involves animal cruelty, it offers an opportunity to consider the whole scene for linked abuse & community impact. It is crucial therefore that they understand these connections & how specialist partners can assist them.

Dog fighting, as well as being organised animal abuse, is an indicator of breakdown within a community. Strong partnerships, involving specialists, are therefore needed to respond. The first stages of this are acceptance & understanding, particularly with regard to motivation & regional/cultural variation. This is often serious crime with a global impact that exploits law enforcement & structural weaknesses.

As with all crimes against animals there are also strong links to violence against humans. This APDAWG 'Dog Fighting, Animal Cruelty & Links to Domestic Violence' meeting will explore those links asking what is being done about them & will take place in our usual room, The Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, from 5-7pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Spaces are limited so to register (for free) email: ASAP thanks. 

Tuesday April 23rd 2019


Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House,

Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA.

Our panel of speakers includes:


Peter Egan - Extreme Market, Indonesia 

Finn's Law - Royal Assent 

Edie Bowles - Solicitor, Co-founder - Advocates for Animals

Expert Panel 

Dr Lisa Cameron MP - SNP Spokesperson for Mental Health 

Mark Randell - CEO Hidden-in-Sight 

Tracey Berridge - BSc (hons), MSc (CABC), Founder/CEO Dogs Helping Kids 

Mike Webb - Public Affairs - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home 

Vicki Betton - The Links Group 

Gavin Ridley - BA Hons Juris (Oxon), MA Crim Soc Pol (Open) LDip (Barrister)