The Award ceremony was held at The Law Society in London – and no dogs were allowed to attend. A lot of the members of Harvey’s Army whom we met when they came to London for the hearing at Westminster were back! Unfortunately George and I did not get to meet them. Lots of picture-taking And then it was time for them to enter the hall where the awards were givenWhen it was Harvey’s Army’s turn, the Presenter told the audience the short history of how they came about and what it went on to achieve.
In short, the team led by Nina and Karen Blackburn after Harvey, a poodle who ran away in November 2013 and got killed on the road soon after – was never found. After a massive campaign to find Harvey, his owners were told four months after he was lost that in fact the Highway Agency did pick up a poodle-like dog that had been run over by a car on the night that Harvey was lost.
Incensed that a member of a family should not be given the dignity of death and that his owners were not respected to be given the right to bid their farewell, Harvey’s Army launched a campaign to revert the law that was being passed – that Highway Agencies need no longer scan dead pets that are found.
By January the petition launched by Harvey’s Army reached 100,000 signatures. By March, the petition with over 120,000 signatures was presented in Parliament. There was no opposition but instead many Members of Parliament spoke of their own experiences of lost pets or simply how their pets are considered part of the family. Very seldom does it happen but the ruling was overturned.
And yesterday, RSPCA recognised the collective efforts of Harvey’s Army.And Nina speaking on behalf of the group. Next time, can you all please include Georgie and I in your London get togethers? Nina – we’ll always sit under your table. 🙂
May’s comment: It is an honour to be considered a part of Harvey’s Army. It is one of the many amazing things that I had learnt and been involved with since becoming a doggy person.
Harvey’s Army’s next campaign? Watch this space. They’re not done yet. There are too many outstanding issues regarding animal rights to be addressed. And they are a force to be reckoned with.