We have received a number of enquiries from people concerned about inadequate sentencing in cases of animal cruelty.
As a legal charity concerned exclusively with animal welfare issues, we have raised concerns about the sentencing regime for animal cruelty cases to a Parliamentary Committee (The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Sub-Committee), which is currently examining domestic animal welfare provisions. Read more about the progress of the EFRA Sub-Committee here.
ALAW put in written submissions to the EFRA Sub-Committee. ALAW’s submissions focus exclusively on sentencing and we are aware that other groups have also raised this, amongst other general welfare issues. A copy of our submissions can be viewed via the following link:
You will see from the submissions that there has been some discussion in Parliament about the sentencing provisions for animal cruelty cases and Parliamentary Questions have been put to both a Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and a Minister at the Ministry of Justice.
We are aware that there are a number of public petitions raising concern about the low level of sentences for animal cruelty cases. Petitions can be a good way of raising awareness of public concern with Government. If a petition gets 10,000 signatures the Government will respond and if it reaches 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.