I was delighted to attend the Battersea Dogs and Cats reception in Parliament to show support for changing the law to increase the maximum sentences for animal cruelty - currently, courts in England & Wales can only punish the most serious animal cruelty offences with a maximum of up to six months in prison, a banning order and an unlimited fine.
The Government has already indicated its intention to support a Bill during its passage through Parliament which would allow for sentences to increase to a maximum of 5 years for animal cruelty offences. This change would provide the justice system with the flexibility to treat the most shocking acts of animal cruelty much more seriously than it can at present.
At the reception, I added my signature to a pledge board to underline their support for the change to the legislation. To read more about this, click HERE.