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ALAW pursues stronger sentencing in animal cruelty cases

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:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-subcommittee/animal-welfare-domestic-pets/written/30617.pdf

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.

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