Posted: Thu 18th Feb 2021

Animal abusers to face five years in prison if proposed legislative changes are approved for Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 18th, 2021

Animal abusers in Wales could face up to five years in prison following proposed legislative changes laid by the Welsh Government.

The legislative consent memorandum would allow provisions in the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill to apply to Wales, increasing jail time from six months to five years.

Earlier this month, the Bill passed Committee stage in the House of Commons with the RSPCA urging the UK Government to make time for it to come to fruition.

David Bowles, RSPCA Head of Public Affairs, said: “Wales is one step closer to tougher sentences for animal abusers.

“We have long supported tougher sentences being made available in courts – and this LCM paves the way for Chris Loder MP’s backbench Bill to apply to Wales too.

“Sadly, England and Wales have some of the lowest sentences for animal welfare offences in the world. The punishments available are too often totally inadequate and that needs to change.

“At Westminster, we continue to urge MPs, Peers and the UK Government to do everything they can to get Chris Loder’s Bill through; and in Wales we hope Members of the Senedd will back this LCM, so more animals get the justice they deserve.

“The clock is now ticking to get justice for animals. Supporters can act now to make sure the Bill becomes law before the next Queen’s Speech – which will now mean positive change for animals in both England and Wales.”

More information on the RSPCA’s campaign can be found here.

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