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Cats Protection statement on animal cruelty sentencing

09 November 2016
Cats Protection statement on animal cruelty sentencing Further to the House of Commons debate on 8 November 2016 regarding the sentencing around animal cruelty, Cats Protection has issued the following statement:
 
“Cats Protection fully supports the call to change animal welfare laws to increase the maximum prison sentence for crimes against animals from six months to five years and we issued a briefing to MPs Anna Turley, Neil Parish and Angela Smith on this topic ahead of the debate.
 
“We are urging the governments of England, Scotland and Wales to follow Northern Ireland’s tougher stance on animal cruelty where earlier this year the Northern Ireland Assembly decided to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty cases heard in the Crown Court from two years to five years.
 
“Currently cats are the victims of horrendous crimes including being poisoned, caught in snares, attacked by uncontrolled dogs or shot. For example, we have seen 170 reported cases of cat shootings so far this year, 22% of which were fatal, and these are just those that were reported via the media so the actual number of shootings is likely to be much higher.
 
“As the UK's leading feline welfare charity, we are always extremely distressed to hear about acts of cruelty against cats and believe it is important that sentencing reflects the seriousness of the crime.”
 
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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.
 
Notes to Editors:
 
  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 200,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk