Government announces support for Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in Parliament

Date: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Source: 
GOV.UK

The Government has announced its support for the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, which will mean animal abusers could face up to five years in prison.

Those who cruelly mistreat animals could face up to five years in prison under a new law backed by Government.

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has been published in Parliament by Chris Loder MP today (Wednesday 5 February). The new Bill will enable tougher prison sentences for the most serious perpetrators of animal cruelty, from the current maximum of six months to up to five years.

This would be one of the toughest sanctions for animal abuse in Europe, strengthening the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare.

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