Natasha Madison & Canine Justice Network Speak About Lennox
CJN Charity Ball 2012
With thanks to CJN & Natasha Madison
Natasha Madison & Canine Justice Network Speak About Lennox
CJN Charity Ball 2012
With thanks to CJN & Natasha Madison
Many anti Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) protests have been held over the past months and an increase in such protests has been seen since the murder of Lennox at the hands of Belfast City Council. Below are some dates for such upcoming anti BSL protests courtesy of the Lennox campaign official website. Past protest video courtesy of the Lennox campaign and R. Barrett.
Upcoming Anti BSL Protests:
Peterborough Anti BSL Protest
Belfast City Council had publicly stated many weeks ago that they would post “some” of Lennox’s ashes home and today (Wednesday 22nd August) a courier delivered a plastic Russell’s Cellar’s off licence/liquor store bag back to the family. Inside the plastic bag was a partially torn package wrapped in brown packaging paper and within the paper was a cheap wooden box, no name plate, no blank name plate to have a name added at a later date.
Lennox’s family weren’t even allowed a say in the choice of box for his supposed ashes. Lennox’s family have repeatedly asked Belfast City Council directly and through legal means for confirmation that the ashes are actually Lennox’s ashes or at very least some of his but as per usual Belfast City Council remain silent on the matter as they do with the continuous requests for Lennox’s collar, muzzle and lead. Belfast City Council have stated that they no longer have Lennox’s other items, why? why don’t Belfast City Council have these items, where did they go? Legally Belfast City Council had no right to do anything with Lennox’s other items other than send them home to his family.
It seems suspicious that Belfast City Council wouldn’t allow the family to see Lennox one last time as they had promised in front of many people, it seems suspicious that Belfast City Council wouldn’t allow the family to see Lennox’s body after the council murdered him, it seems suspicious that Belfast City Council wouldn’t allow the family or someone else to pick up Lennox’s body and take him for cremation or to have a say in the process and it seems very suspicious that Lennox’s other items have now vanished from the possession of Belfast City Council, why? what state was Lennox’s body? What is Belfast City Council and their contracted kennel hiding? Who stole Lennox’s property? We won’t stop until these questions are answered and the items are returned.
Extract courtesy of The Lennox Campaign official website
Lennox’s Last Chance By Victoria Stilwell
As most close observers of Lennox’s case now know, the legal process which had been undertaken in an attempt to return the dog to the Barnes family (his owners) has run its course to no avail. I remain in close contact with the Barnes family and continue to be amazed by their resolve and courage while attempting to save their beloved boy’s life. It is important to understand that every possible legal avenue to release Lennox back to the family has been exhausted, and that result is no longer an option. Indeed, the latest news is that he is scheduled to be euthanized next week. My heart goes out to Craig, Caroline and Brooke for what they are enduring.
Over the past year, I have received many generous and kind-hearted offers from those wishing to help on Lennox’s behalf, and I have ensured that the Barnes family and Lennox’s legal team have been made aware of all of these.
Several months ago, I began working behind the scenes with Lennox’s legal team to begin the process of convincing the court system to allow Lennox to be rehomed in the US – a process which I personally am dedicated to overseeing and facilitating if it is allowed by the court. I have personally received the Barnes family’s approval to take Lennox, and while I can only imagine the heartache they would feel at seeing him go, they have said they would prefer him to have a happy life elsewhere rather than see it end next week. My longstanding private offer to absorb all of the cost and organize all of the travel arrangements to transport him at no expense to the Belfast City Council has been with those responsible for making the final decisions regarding Lennox for some time. Indeed, we are currently awaiting a response to the legal team’s request to the BCC to meet with me directly to discuss options. As of this morning, we have not had an official response from the BCC regarding this offer.
I’d like to be clear about something: while I detest Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) and laws such as the UK’s Dangerous Dogs Act which are responsible for the incarceration and destruction of dogs like Lennox all over the world, I understand the difficult position municipalities are put in during situations like this. While I do believe that the BCC and court system have made significant errors in the handling and prosecution of Lennox’s case, I do not ever advocate overturning the rule of law and re-writing legislation on the fly as we see how it affects our personal daily lives. We cannot bend and reshape standing laws in our societies any time we don’t like the outcome they provide. Instead, we must refocus our efforts on changing inappropriate and dangerous laws completely from the top down, which is why I’ve been railing against the UK’s Dangerous Dogs Act legislation for many years. Lennox’s impending euthanasia is but one of hundreds of examples of how this law unfairly prosecutes perfectly well-adjusted pets while failing to truly protect the public from dangerous dogs – the purported aim of the legislation in the first place. We must not allow Lennox’s and the Barnes family’s ordeal to be in vain – let’s all unite behind a concerted, positive effort to overturn the Dangerous Dogs Act in the UK and other laws just like it currently on the books in countless other parts of the world.
So to the Belfast court system and the BCC, I now publicly give you my word that if you remand custody of Lennox to me and allow me to take him to a safe place in the US, I will not disparage the BCC, the Belfast court system, or those involved with this case in any way moving forward. Indeed, I will publicly recognize the courage that it will take to rise above the divisive voices clamoring on both sides of this issue, follow the law, and yet also show some humanity and allow this dog to live out his final years in peace in the US. I recognize that although I wholeheartedly and passionately disagree with the repeated rulings that found him to be a dangerous dog, once he was found to be guilty, you have little choice but to enforce the law. All I’m asking is that you recognize the special nature of this case and allow him to leave the country – a result which still allows you to uphold the spirit of the law while avoiding the death of what I and many others consider to be an innocent dog and averting an even more damaging end to what has undoubtedly become a public relations nightmare.
I’m in Dublin tonight and will be in Belfast over the weekend and at the beginning of next week to visit with the Barnes family and explore any last-ditch efforts to save Lennox. I’ll post any updates here, and I also encourage you to visit Lennox’s official page.
Click the links below to read other articles from myself and others:
Courtesy Of Victoria Stilwell’s Positively.com
We apologise for the silence as we know our many friends and supporters around the world have been desperate for news but until we had further talks with our legal team we had nothing new to share. We needed to explore all possible options before we issued another statement as we did not wish to give those that have campaigned so tirelessly any false hope or for anything to be taken out of context as has happened in the past.
Whilst there may well be errors in the Judge’s ruling from a point of law this has little bearing on whether we can or should progress by taking the case to a higher court. The ruling is based on the Judge’s decision that he deems Lennox to be unsafe despite evidence given by those qualified to assess and understand dog behaviour that contradicts the testimony of the Prosecution that was presented in court. This has given us little room for manoeuvre.
Our concern and priority has always been the welfare of our beloved boy. We have fought to have Len returned to our family from the moment he was seized but we have been advised that the legal fight is at an end. We are obviously distraught but have to consider the impact that any future lengthy legal battle would have on Len if we chose to go against the advice that we have been given. We cannot subject him to any more as there are no grounds for a further appeal and we do not wish to prolong his suffering any longer by engaging in a battle that we simply cannot win.
We have attempted to write this statement many, many times but have struggled to put in writing that the fight to spare Lennox’s life may well be over. It has been almost impossible for us to accept that we have to admit defeat. We always believed that there was some hope and that justice would prevail. We were wrong. There have been many dark days for us since Len was taken and we want you all to know that it is your support and kindness that kept us going through the blackest times.
This is all we can share with you at the moment and we are finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing more that we can do from a legal point of view and that Lennox may well be killed. We have one last hope that Belfast City Council will allow Lennox to be rehomed in the USA. The offer is there but we have no say in whether this offer will be accepted. We have never refused to rehome Lennox. That decision was taken out of our hands from the moment Len took his final walk with us from our house to the Dog Wardens van.
If the offer is turned down we will fight for our right to say goodbye. We cannot bear the thought that Lennox will die without being reminded of the hearts and hands that love him.
On Wednesday June 20th 2012 Matthew Wright, host of hit Channel 5 chat and debate show, The Wright Stuff, spoke to guests Dr David Bull, Lowri Turner and chef Marco Pierre White about Lennox and Belfast City Council’s non compassion and lack of moral fiber. Video is not presently available to UK residents and can only be viewed by international viewers.
The Maria Daines Band supporting Hawkwind at Stamford Theatre sing ‘Lennox’
Many thanks to the Maria Daines Band and to all the band members of Hawkwind.
We would like to thank everyone for the countless messages that we have received in the last 24 hours during what is a very difficult time for our family and for the support we have had from so many since Lennox was seized in 2010. The past two years have been extremely distressing for many reasons and we appreciate that this has been a very emotive case for dog lovers worldwide who have spoken out against the failings of Breed Specific Legislation. We take some comfort in the knowledge that we are not the only ones to be devastated by the recent ruling. We are in talks with our legal team and will make another statement in due course.
Lennox’s Family Will Release A Statement In Due Course Once They Have Had Time To Absorb Today’s Ruling By Chief Justice Girvan. The Family Kindly Ask All Supporters To Remain Calm And Dignified As Always In Their Response To Today’s Sad And Very Wrong Decision By The Northern Ireland Chief Justice.
The Save Lennox Campaign
To Mark Lennox’s Second Year In Captivity At The Hands Of Belfast City Council The Save Lennox Campaign Asks Every Supporter To Take Part In A Special 72 Hour Twitter & Facebook Campaign Called ‘Each One, Reach One’ The Goal Is Each Lennox Supporter & Anti BSL Campaigner Reach One Other Person Who May Not Already Know About Lennox Or Breed Specific Legislation & Make That Person Aware Of Lennox’s Story & The Cruelty Of Breed Specific Legislation. To Make This Event Enjoyable For All The Save Lennox Campaign Ask You To Post A Picture Of Your Pets If Possible With Lennox Messages Of Support.
Twitter Hashtags: #SaveLennox #LennoxArmy #EndBSL
Twitter Follow: @SaveLennox
Facebook Like: facebook.com/TheLennoxCampaign