About Noël Sweeney
Noël Sweeney is a practising barrister who specialises in criminal law and human rights and animal law. He has lectured widely on those subjects and written on all aspects of the legal status of animals. He is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare and the Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law Veterinary Association.More about Noël
Duggie is a bad bad Dog: the new existential animal rights book for children.
Edith, the volunteer at the animal sanctuary told the family that adopted Duggie:
“All rescued dogs have problems. Duggie is no different. It is as if they know they are edging towards death, yet always hoping that the next visitor will save them. Their problems start with people like Kelly who abuse them. So always treat Duggie with care and kindness. He’ll repay you in diamonds with a lasting loyalty.”
That remained true until the day Maggie and Dave arrived home and found their son, Benny, bleeding from a dog bite.
Dave and Maggie reported their pet dog to the police. Later the family took Duggie to the Crown Court. The Judge decided Duggie is a ‘dangerous’ dog and sentenced him to death.
Duggie is due to die the next day at Noon. He is arrested and placed in a prison cell to await his fate.
Duggie cannot reveal the secret that could save his life…
Imagine being convicted as a common canine criminal and then sentenced to death while believing all you are guilty of is innocence: Duggie is a bad bad Dog. [tbp: 11/11/15]
Even Dogs who cannot read love this Poem
August 18, 2016
Even Dogs who cannot read love this Poem I was just seven when I visited book heaven after reading Duggie is a bad bad Dog Because it was so much fun it made my head and heart run like an unleashed dog And after the tears and laughter rather than a quick jog I raced […]Read more
The Sentencing of Dangerous Dogs and Dangerous Owners
The Sentencing Council [SC] issued the first Guidelines on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 [DDA] on 20 August 2012. Until then the courts treated defendants with undue leniency while often routinely killing their dogs. Generally the SC recommended increased sentencing powers for the courts according to the various offences. Nevertheless it had an inherent weakness […]Read more
March 15, 2016
1. Suffering: The present definition of ‘suffering’ means physical or mental suffering and related expressions shall be construed accordingly under section 62(1) is inadequate and vague. For it is potentially wide yet actually narrow by restricting the suffering to ‘related expressions’. The result is neither the Court nor the Expert nor the Prosecution are sure […]Read more