Tougher sentencing

Tougher sentencing Bill 2020

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill 2020 was published in January. It has its Second Reading in Parliament on 11 September.

In 2019, over 11,000 of our supporters emailed their MP urging them to support tougher sentencing for animal cruelty - but the Bill put forward in 2019 ran out of time to pass through Parliament.

We will be working to ensure this time the Bill becomes law.

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The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

After years of campaigning and with help from our supporters, Defra put forward an Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in Summer 2019 - to increase the maximum sentence for animal abusers from six months to five years. This followed on from a public consultation the previous year, in which more than 70 percent of people supported proposals for tougher prison sentences.

When a Bill is passed it will mean courts are able to take a tougher approach to cases such as dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals.

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill 2020 contains the same measures and will give the UK one of the toughest sanctions for animal abuse in Europe, strengthening our position in animal welfare as a global leader.

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