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Cats Protection supports calls for longer prison sentences on animal abusers

26 June 2019
Cats Protection supports calls for longer prison sentences on animal abusers We’re calling on the Government to stand by its promise to increase prison sentences for animal cruelty cases.

James Yeates, Cats Protection’s Chief Executive, joined representatives from ten other organisations, including the RSPCA and Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, in a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street yesterday.

The meeting was held by the Prime Minister’s Environment Adviser Lord Randall, as the charities urged for tougher sentences to be implemented.

James Yeates, who attended the meeting said:

“We’re proud to support our fellow animal charities to call for maximum sentences for animal cruelty to be increased.”

“Every week we hear of stories where cats and other animals have been subjected to horrific cruelty.

This causes severe suffering, and often lifelong physical injuries or physiological problems. Sadly, we hear of many cats that have died after suffering appalling acts of cruelty.”

The change to this policy is a long time coming. Environment Secretary Michael Gove first announced the Government’s intention to increase maximum prison sentences from six months to five years in September 2017. Later that year, he announced plans for a new draft bill on the issue.

Despite repeated assurances by the Government to amend the Animal Welfare Act, and the policy being announced at two consecutive Conservative Party conferences, the change has yet to be made.