Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:20 pm on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Anna Turley Anna Turley Labour/Co-operative, Redcar 2:20 pm, 10th July 2019

I just want to add to the debate something that has not really been discussed. The most recent Labour Government introduced the Animal Welfare Act 2006, under which provision was made to increase sentencing to imprisonment of up to 51 weeks and a fine not exceeding £20,000. We did amend the law, but it never got enacted, which was bizarre. It is important to recognise that we did try to take steps. I do not know why that was not enacted.