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  • MP BACKS TEN-FOLD INCREASE IN PRISON SENTENCES FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new bill to enable tougher prison sentences to be given to worst animal abusers. The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill means that animal abusers could face up to five years in prison, a significant increase from the current maximum sentence of six months. The Bill follows a public consultation last year, in which more than 70% of people supported the proposals for longer prison sentences. It means the courts will be able to take a tougher approach to cases such as dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals. It follows Government action in banning third party puppy and kitten sales and banning the use of wild animals in circuses.

    Mr Stride said:

    “Some of the sentences that have been dished out in the past for some of the cruellest animal welfare violations imaginable have been far too lenient and the tougher sentences being introduced will be a far more proportionate punishment. The abuse of any animal is appalling and having some of the toughest punishments in Europe will help act as a strong deterrent and be far more disruptive to organised crime groups.”

    The Bill The second reading of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill took place in the House of Commons on Wednesday and is now moving through to the House of Lords.


     








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