Campaign with us to increase animal cruelty sentences in England and Wales

Help us call for increased animal cruelty sentences in England and Wales by writing to your MP.

Help us call for increased animal cruelty sentences in England and Wales by writing to your MP.

Currently, those who are guilty of carrying out the worst animal cruelty offences can only receive a six-month prison sentence in England and Wales. We do not believe this is long enough. Along with other animal welfare charities we have been calling for the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences to be increased to five years, as we think this will encourage tougher – and more proportionate – sentences to be given. It will also act as a proper deterrent to those who abuse horses.  

In England and Wales, legislation to increase sentences for the worst animal cruelty offences from six months to five years failed to become law twice in 2019. We welcomed the new Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill introduced to Parliament by Chris Loder MP in February 2020, but we need your help to ensure it gets over the line this time. This will ensure horses and ponies in England and Wales are better protected. 

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can help raise animal welfare standards in the rest of the UK as your local MP can support these proposed changes to legislation in Westminster. Regardless of where you live in the UK you may have emailed your MP on this subject previously, but if you did so before the General Election then please consider sending another email, particularly if your MP has changed. This will help ensure that five-year sentences finally become law.

Chestnut and black pony looking through bars of a round pen during a welfare rescue
We believe tougher sentences will act as a proper deterrent to those who abuse horses

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