Dogs: Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of John MacDougall John MacDougall Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the extent of dog fighting; what steps are being taken to prevent dog fighting; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

No estimates are available of the extent of dog fighting that takes place in this country, which is an illegal activity.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006, which came into force 12 months ago, created separate offences for animal fighting and increased the maximum financial penalties available to the courts for such offences.

Anyone found guilty of an offence related to animal fighting is liable to a maximum fine of £20,000 (previously £5,000), or six months imprisonment, or both.

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