The government agreed in Aug 2018, that a bill should be passed to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty to 5 years
The draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. August 2018 This was agreed in parliament to be passed, still waiting.
After lengthy investigation, the only "update" I can see for this, was to say that cases would have to be dealt with at Crown court, due to the length of the sentence.
The crown courts are already massively over subscribed, this could influence parliament passing the bill.
We need this now to protect animals
Why is this important?
To ensure that our animals are better protected and animal abusers punished appropriately