To: Secretary of State for Justice and All Members of Parliament

Tougher animal cruelty sentencing

Support the Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill 2016-17

Why is this important?

All abuse of animals is completely unacceptable. There have been a number of high profile cases of abhorrent and cruel attacks on animals where the offenders have escaped prison. The Frankish Brothers kicked, stamped on, and threw their pet bulldog, Baby, down the stairs. More recently, a dog was buried alive in Redcar with a nail through its head.

Currently the maximum sentence for people who commit crimes of animal cruelty is six months in prison. Clearly the current sentence is no deterrent to horrendous acts of animal cruelty and is not working. Lenient sentencing may persuade other animal abusers that the law is on their side.

This Bill aims to increase the maximum sentences available to the court for animal cruelty offences. It is scheduled to be debated in Parliament on Friday 24th February 2017.

Reasons for signing

  • I'm appalled at the amount of animal cruelty cases there are in this country and that there has been no development in the law since 1911. if we don't stand up for poor defenceless creatures then who will
  • We say we are a nation of animal lovers ... It's the total opposite in slaughterhouses, factory farms etc ... Worse still is that when individuals are caught red-handed with animal abuse, the message being given to them is that the law is on their side and animals don't matter. This is extremely contradictory to popular belief of the Brits being a nation of animal lovers.
  • Any curelty whether its to animals or humans is wrong and people responsible should be locked away for a very long time


2017-02-06 14:56:13 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2017-01-08 21:35:44 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2016-12-18 08:04:11 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2016-10-29 10:14:18 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-10-28 10:10:06 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-10-27 19:48:15 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-27 16:55:54 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-27 14:27:11 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-27 13:08:58 +0100

10 signatures reached