Britain Amends Punishment for Animal Abusers to 5 Years in Prison
A new bill introduced in the UK increases the punishment tenure of animal abusers from six months to a staggering five years in prison. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, introduced the new bill on June 26th, making it one of the strictest in Europe for this kind of offense. Keep reading to know more.
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Punishment Tenure For Animal Abusers Increased Under New Bill in the UK
On June 26th, the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, introduced a new bill drastically upping the highest tenure of punishment for animal abuse from six months to five years in prison. The worst cases of abuse will receive the maximum punishment if made a law, Metro UK reports.
The maximum sentence is for those involved in cruelty against animals, such as dog fights, kitten and puppy abuse, and “gross neglect of farm animals,” according to the report.
According to Michael Gove, the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill will strengthen UK’s position as a global leader in animal welfare, initiating the toughest of punishment’s in Europe. He stated he is committed to making Europe “the best place in the world for the care and protection of animals.”
“Our new Bill sends a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated, with the maximum five-year sentence one of the toughest punishments in Europe,” said Mr. Gove. Further stating, “There is no place in this country for animal cruelty. That is why I want to make sure that those who abuse animals are met with the full force of the law.”
A Landmark Achievement
According to the Metro UK, last year’s public consultation garnered 70% of people supporting increased punishment on the grounds of animal abuse. Welfare groups also supported the increased punishment tenure.
Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Claire Horton, said the Bill is a “landmark achievement,” and it will cast a “profound difference” to cats and dogs in the England and Wales. She added rescue centers like theirs encounter shocking cases of cruelty and neglect against animals coming through their gate. “…There are many more animals that are dumped and don’t even make it off the streets,” Horton added.
Amidst many inhumane cases of animal abuse, this news is relief to animal lovers. If passed into law, abusers will be up for more punishment than ever. What do you think about the new Bill? Let me know your thoughts in comments.