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Introduce tougher sentences for animal cruelty

Last updated 4 years ago

We will introduce tougher sentences for animal cruelty.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.54

Our verdict

  • This is a pledge to strengthen the sentencing for animal cruelty crimes.
  • The government has given its backing to the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, which aims to increase the maximum prison sentence from 6 months to 5 years and/or unlimited fines.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has slowed the passage of the bill, but it is currently proceeding through the House of Commons, so this policy is ‘in progress’.

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