The maximum sentence someone can face for animal cruelty will be increased following a Government consultation.
The UK Government has today confirmed that animal abusers who commit the most heinous crimes will face up to five year in prison – in increase from the current maximum sentence of just six months.
The draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill was put out to consultation in December last year.
Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner said: “Our proposals to raise maximum sentences for animal abusers attracted strong support. We will now legislate so courts have the power to punish offenders properly.”
The plans to increase maximum sentences follow a number of shocking cases where courts have said they would have handed down longer sentences has they been available.
The move is strongly welcomed by animal welfare groups around the UK and follows some dedicated campaigning from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. To find out more about Battersea’s campaign, click here.