Animal Welfare Act 2006

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to (a) change the maximum penalty for offences under section 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and (b) make it easier to prosecute attacks on service animals.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Government has already announced that it will increase the custodial maximum penalty for animal cruelty from 6 months’ imprisonment to 5 years’ imprisonment.

In addition, the Government is supporting Sir Oliver Heald’s Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill which will make it easier to prosecute someone for attacking a service animal.

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