Animal Welfare: Sentencing:Written question - 268962

(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 25 June 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare: Sentencing
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the maximum sentence available under the Animal welfare (Service Animals) Act 2006.
Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 03 July 2019

I am pleased to say that the legislation needed to implement the increase in the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences - the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill – had its First Reading in this House on 26 June. The Bill will increase the custodial penalty for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, as well as other animal cruelty offences, from 6 months’ imprisonment to 5 years’ imprisonment.

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