Battersea's statement on Labour's further call to bring sentencing bill forward

24 JUNE 2020

Battersea’s Chief Executive, Claire Horton CBE, said: “Battersea has been strongly campaigning for an increase in maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences from a mere six months to five years since 2017. Three years after the Government pledged to bring in stronger sentences we are still waiting for new legislation despite the Bill being backed by every major political party and animal welfare organisation, and having overwhelming support from over 70,000 people backing Battersea's campaign. 

"The Scottish Government has made significant progress in the same amount of time and passed their equivalent Bill last week meaning five year maximum sentences will become law. We now desperately need England and Wales to show their serious commitment to animal welfare and make the change in sentences for animal cruelty a clear priority."