Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Dubs Lord Dubs Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from (1) Battersea Dogs and Cats home, and (2) other charities, about increasing the sentences for cruelty to animals.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have received a number of representations from animal welfare charities including the RSPCA, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust as well as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home supporting an increase in the maximum penalties for animal cruelty offences. We have also read the report by Battersea Sentencing for Animal Cruelty in England and Wales which supported an increase in the maximum penalty to five years’ imprisonment.

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