A campaign calling for stronger sentencing for cases of animal cruelty in England and Wales has been supported by Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.
Currently, penalties for animal cruelty are set under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, under which the maximum custodial sentence available is just six months in prison. Battersea Dogs and Cats home led the launch of the Campaign last week, being joined by the RSPCA and Dogs Trust.
In 2015, 933 people were found guilty of animal cruelty in England and Wales. Nearly a third of these cases resulted in a custodial sentence and some received the maximum term of six months in prison.
The average length of sentence in 2015 for animal cruelty was 3.3 months. This is at the upper end of the scale when considering that those who plead guilty may only serve up to four months in prison.
Maria commented, “It is disgusting that people can get such little punishment for committing such abhorrent crimes. I absolutely support the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s initiative to increase sentencing for animal abusers to up to 5 years.”