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Animal cruelty sentencing increased to five years - new law passed!

05 May 2021
Animal cruelty sentencing increased to five years - new law passed!
Last week the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill completed its passage through Parliament and has now became law.  This means that the maximum animal cruelty sentence will increase from six months to five years in England and Wales. Cats Protection has been part of a coalition of animal welfare organisations which have been calling for this change and we are delighted that this bill has passed, ensuring the UK is one of the world leaders on animal welfare issues.

We know that cats are one of the nation's most well-loved pets, yet all too often they are subjected to horrific cruelty. This new law reflects the views of the majority of the public which takes animal welfare seriously and will not tolerate the abuse of defenceless animals.

Cats Protection’s Chief Executive Officer, James Yeates, is pictured third from the left outside No. 10 Downing Street, along with representatives from the other animal welfare organisations involved.