Call for tougher sentencing in Wales
With the recent announcement to increase the maximum prison sentence from six months to five years in England, we want to ensure the same applies within Wales.
If you believe it should too, you’re not alone. A 2017 YouGov poll for RSPCA Cymru also found that 80 percent of people in Wales support the maximum sentence being increased to a prison term of five years*.
Sign our letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs
I’m really proud that we are a nation with animal welfare at its heart and that we so often lead the way in the UK. As part of this I understand that you’ve asked the RSPCA to look into how an animal offender register for Wales might work and what effect a register might have on reducing animal cruelty - I really support this.
I was delighted to see the UK Government’s recent announcement that it plans to increase the maximum sentence available for those convicted of animal cruelty in England. This is a really important move that’ll send the right signal to people that abusing animals is completely unacceptable.
Could I ask you to make sure that this increase in sentencing happens in Wales too? It’s unthinkable that Wales might fall behind on this and that animal cruelty would be treated as a far less serious offence than over the border.
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*These figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,103 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10–13 January 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative (politically) of all Welsh adults (aged 18+).