I am support an increase in maximum sentences for animal cruelty from six months to five years’ imprisonment.
I believe that an increase in sentencing will send a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated. The maximum five-year sentence will become one of the toughest punishments in Europe, strengthening the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare.
A change in law means the courts will be able to take a tougher approach to cases such as abuse of puppies and kittens, dog fighting, or gross neglect of farm animals. The increased maximum sentences will act as a serious deterrent against cruelty and gross neglect in the future. It builds on recent positive action to protect animals, including plans to ban third party puppy and kitten sales, and banning the use of wild animals in circuses. I will support this legislation when it comes before Parliament.