Green MLA helps launch Justice For Cody book at Stormont

North Down Green MLA Steven Agnew helped launch Justice for Cody – The End Was Just The Beginning at an event in the Long Gallery at Stormont on Wednesday (25th March) evening.

The book is already proving popular with readers and animal lovers all over the world as this week it reached the number one best-seller spot on Amazon in its pet care section.

The book was written by Natalie Agnew – the Maghaberry mother of two young boys whose pet family dog was set alight and killed two in 2012.

Animal lover and TV personality Paul O’Grady wrote the forward to the book and Green Party leader Steven Agnew also contributed a chapter to it.

“I was deeply upset and angered by the experience that Cody and the Agnew family suffered after this senseless act of cruelty perpetrated on a family pet,” Mr Agnew said.

“I have been in contact with the family and supporting them since this terrible incident occurred three years ago and I have seen the pain and anguish it has caused them. The fallout from senseless acts of violence can have long-lasting and deep effects on people and that is just one reason why animal welfare is something which needs to be taken seriously.

“As a politician and as Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, animal rights and animal welfare are personally very important to me and many of my Party colleagues. My passion for animal rights predates my involvement in formal politics. I am proud to have carried those values forward into my role as an MLA and for putting and keeping animal welfare issues on the agenda.

“This book is a moving read and I encourage people to buy it as proceeds will be going to support animal welfare charities in Northern Ireland.”

The book’s author Natalie Agnew said: “Writing this book has been a difficult task.

“It forced me to re-visit the emotions and feelings that I had in the aftermath of a terrible incident that changed the course of my life and that of my two boys. This experience has made me realise how much still needs to be done to protect animals in Northern Ireland from future cruelty. I hope this book will, even in some small measure, help the campaign for better local animal welfare.”

The book is not just the story of those awful events but one of hope and courage as Natalie Agnew, supported by the Green Party in Northern Ireland, continues to fight to ensure that Cody’s death wasn’t in vain.

Campaigning for stiffer sentences for those exacting animal cruelty, Natalie intends to create something good from the whole ordeal.

She has joined forces with Steven Agnew MLA and is campaigning to create Cody’s Law aims to help deter other heartless thugs from doing the same to another family’s treasured pet. This book not only describes what happened to Cody and the Agnews that terrible morning, but also tells of their journey throughout the past few years since it happened, as they still struggle to come to terms with mindless cruelty.

The book is available from online retailers such as Amazon or can be purchased via the Green Party’s office on Abbey Street for £10.99.

7 April 2015

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