Thursday, 4 July 2019

Legislation change means tougher sentences for animal cruelty

The new Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill is set to raise the maximum term for the worst cases of animal cruelty to up to five years, from six months.

Battersea launched its campaign for harsher sentences two years ago, with the backing of celebrities including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais, Harry Hill and Sue Perkins, as well as support from welfare groups and the public.

Complementing Finn’s Law, which provides more protection for service dogs and horses, passed into legislation in June, the new law builds on other government action to protect animals. This includes plans to ban third-party puppy and kitten sales, and on wild animals in circuses.

Let’s hope that these positive steps towards improved legislation for animal welfare continue.

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