The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in England and Wales calls for an increase in the maximum sentence a person can receive for cruelty to animals. With this bill, offenders can receive up to five years in prison, rather than just six months – a huge step up for our furry friends. Shockingly, the RSPCA received over 1 million calls to their cruelty hotline in 2018 which equated to a call every 27 seconds. We are therefore hoping that harsher sentencing will act as a greater deterrent for heinous acts of cruelty against animals. You can read more about the Bill and what it means for animals in our blog.
After years of consultations, promises and delays, we are thrilled to finally announce that the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has passed, and will be made an official law in less than two months!