Animal Welfare: Sentencing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th June 2017.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences to five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Sentencing Council recently updated its guidelines for magistrates to ensure that the most serious cases of animal cruelty receive longer sentences of up to the maximum of 6 months’ imprisonment.

The government continues to keep maximum penalties under review.

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