Tougher sentencing

Finally, after years of campaigning and help from our supporters, a Bill has finally been announced by Defra following Cabinet approval.

The new Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill will increase the maximum sentence of six months to five years for animal abusers. This follows on from a public consultation last year, in which more than 70 percent of people supported the proposals for tougher prison sentences. It means the courts will be able to take a tougher approach to cases such as dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals.

The Bill will give the UK one of the toughest sanctions in Europe, strengthening our position as a global leader on animal welfare.

We want to make sure these measures are introduced and the Bill progresses forward as planned, giving the clear message that animal cruelty will no longer be tolerated. This follows on from the law passed earlier in June 2019 that gives up to five year sentences for service animals like police dogs.

Make sure the sentencing Bill is supported by your MP

We want to make sure MPs support this proposed Bill so the tougher sentencing law can be introduced. Please email your MP to let them know you want tougher sentences for animal abuse.

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