Welcoming the passing into law of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, Cats Protection's Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats Protection is delighted that the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has now become law in England, which is an important step in ensuring we are one of the world leaders on animal welfare issues.
"Cats are one of the nation's most well-loved pets, yet all too often they are subjected to horrific cruelty. Not only does this cause immense suffering, it can leave cats with lifelong physical injuries and psychological problems. Sadly, we regularly hear of cases where cats have died after suffering deliberate attacks including mutilation, shooting or poisoning.
"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."