Having supported calls for animal cruelty punishments to be increased, Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has welcomed news that maximum prison sentences will increase tenfold.
This measure will ensure animal cruelty is treated with the seriousness it deserves. At the moment, courts can hand out a five-year sentence for fly-tipping but only a six-month sentence for heinous acts of cruelty to animals. The Government will correct this by ensuring tougher penalties are available to the courts for the very worst offences.
Draft Legislation will be brought forward around the turn of the year that will amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and will increase the maximum sentence from six months to five years.
Maria said. “I have long supported the campaign to increase the unjustifiable six month maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty.
“I am pleased that the Environment Secretary has listened to myself, other colleagues and animal welfare charities and will now bring forward legislation to increase the maximum sentence tenfold.”