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Tag : animal cruelty sentences

10 Sep 2020

As more and more countries ban the cruel events of rodeos, others refuse

By Tiffany Mitchell, A-law Legal Support Officer “Rodeos are events in which animals are subjected to violence and cruelty in the name of ‘sport,’”[1] states the New Zealand SPCA. Although the SPCA is advocating for a ban, rodeos are not yet banned in New Zealand. And while, in 2017, Labour’s animal welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard had promised to ban the use of flank straps, electric prodders, and calf roping in New Zealand, the agricultural minister now says those issues are […]

25 Sep 2019

September Book of the Month: ‘Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment’ by Justin Marceau

Justin Marceau’s ground-breaking work challenges a widely held belief within the animal protection movement: that more severe criminal punishments against animal abusers advance protections for animals. The book persuasively argues that the movement should pause to consider whether these efforts to implement tougher sentences for animal abuse are in fact effective, or morally justifiable. Marceau reflects on the animal protection movement in the United States by considering the work of animal advocates to alongside other struggles for social justice. In […]

15 Apr 2018

Why stricter sentencing for animal cruelty matters more than you think: By Alice Oven

Amidst fears of chlorine chickens and cheap low-welfare imports, a beacon of light for post-Brexit animal welfare has emerged in the form of Gove’s promise to increase the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty in England. This draft bill, raising maximum jail time from six months to five years, is long overdue, bringing England into line with Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Australia and Canada. It’s an obvious cause for celebration for animal advocates and lawyers but, actually, human criminal […]

22 Dec 2017
EFRA Animal Welfare Bill Inquiry

EFRA Committee launches pre-legislative inquiry into Government’s new Animal Welfare Bill

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a pre-legislative inquiry into the Government’s recently published Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. The Bill makes provisions to reflect animal sentience in domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment. Views are sought by 17th January 2018. In particular, the Committee would like to receive views on the following: The Bill requires Ministers to have “regard to the welfare needs of […]

12 Dec 2017

Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill Released

The Government has released a draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017, which will enshrine animal sentience in UK domestic law and increase animal cruelty sentences to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment in England and Wales.   Section 1 of the draft Bill reads:   Welfare needs of animals as sentient beings (1) Ministers of the Crown must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy. (2) […]