Have your say on government e-petitions

Animal cruelty convictions should have higher penalties

Submitted on Tuesday 16th August 2011

Published on Wednesday 17th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Friday 17th August 2012

Signatures: 1,099

Tagged with

Crime ~ HM Government

Petition Action

Animal cruelty convictions should have higher penalties

Additional Information

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum fine for animal cruelty & welfare offences is £20,000. The maximum term of imprisonment is 6months (3months). In the majority of cases where convicted - the person rarely even gets a noticeable fine due to an ingrained attitude by the courts towards either those on low income or animal crime itself. All animal cruelty cases - even the most serious are only heard at Magistrate level, hence the limit on sentencing handed down - should this barrier exist? Magistrates knowledge is normally limited to experiences brought before them. The use & enforcement of animal bans is weak & rarely for life.

I propose the following to HM government:

1. Raise the maximum fine to £50,000.
2. Raise the maximum imprisonment to 10yrs (5yrs).
3. Magistrates to complete a one day course given by an organisation such as the RSPCA to aid them.
4. Enforcement is difficult, none the less, life bans should increase.

Thank you for supporting this petition.


You can't sign this petition because it is now closed. But you can still comment on it here at Repetition.me!

Have your say on this petition!

comments powered by Disqus

repetition.me is a Good Stuff website

18.215.62.41 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 01:28:00 +0000