Calls for longer prison sentences for animal abusers

Monday, June 24, 2019

Along with the League Against Cruel Sports, we've called on the Government to stand by its repeated promise to increase prison sentences for animal cruelty.

Joining us, and representatives from nine other leading animal welfare organisations on the steps of Number 10 Downing Street, was Jet ¿ a Lakeland Terrier shot in the head four times and left for dead by the ex-boyfriend of his previous owner.

We were there today to meet the prime minister's environment adviser, Lord Randall, to call for the Government to act.

Six months for animal cruelty is not enough

Andrew Knott, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

"The maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty is six months, which is far too low. To build the kinder society we all wish to see, we must introduce proper deterrents to those intent on abusing animals ¿ tougher custodial sentences of up to five years will better reflect the gravity of their crimes.

"At a time when animal welfare is higher than ever on the public and political agenda, it's vital that this opportunity is not lost. We urge the Government to legislate for this change at the earliest opportunity."

...follow the link to read the article in full on the RSPCA website...