Animal abusers will finally receive a tougher sentence under new law

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After years of campaigning by charities and animal lovers, the Animal Welfare Bill has finally been passed which means tougher sentences for animal abusers.

By Natasha James

Published on the 03/05/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 16:30

Friday 28th April 2021 will go down as a historic day for justice.

The Animal Welfare Bill, which passed its final stage today and will now be ratified into law, means that animal abusers will receive much tougher sentences for crimes committed against pets and animals.

The maximum sentence has increased from six months to five years.

A charitable intervention

In 2017, Battersea launched their “It’s not funny campaign” which highlighted stories of animal abuse and paltry sentences that abusers received as a result. The campaign featured famous comedians and animal lovers such as Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais and Harry Hill.

Following on from the success of the campaign, the government received over 75,000 emails from animal lovers keen for harsher sentences for animal abuse offences.

Battersea posted a video to their Facebook page to announce the news to their followers. They state,

“After years of campaigning, together we have made history and changed the law.”

Great news for animal lovers

The news has been welcomed by animal lovers across the UK and brings English laws in line with Scottish and Welsh laws. 

We’re delighted with the news and want to commend Battersea, the MPs who signed it in, and animal lovers like you who signed petitions and sent emails.

This is great news for animal lovers!