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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.