This new bill passed by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) specifies that: Abusers are sent off to prison for 5 years maximum if found guilty. The bill was announced right after the cabinet’s approval on June 26, 2019. But to get here it wasn’t easy.
After years of campaigning by the RSPCA with other animal welfare charities, this bill was passed to increase the prison years. However, this sentence is only for the harshest form of cruelty. This includes dog fighting, puppies and kittens abuse, or foul neglect of farm animals.
Animal cruelty is skyrocketing in England and Wales because of which this decision was mandatory to take.
Chris Sherwood, chief executive RSPCA, said: “This reform is long overdue. Those responsible for extreme cruelty towards animals or those criminal gangs involved in organized animal crime, such as dog fighting or badger baiting, will now face the strict justice they deserve.
The current maximum sentence of six months neither reflects the severity of some of the cruelty we witness nor does it act as a deterrent. Even if magistrates and judges impose the maximum sentence – six months in prison – offenders will often serve just a few weeks before being released. As a nation that prides itself on its love of animals, this is simply not acceptable.
If courts had more flexibility and the ability to impose sentences of up to five years, then this would be a much fairer reflection of the severity of some of the cases our officers bring to court.” Last week, three men from Wales were jailed for 22 weeks, 20 weeks and 18 weeks respectively for their involvement in organized badger digging (outlawed in 1973) in a case described by the judge as ‘medieval barbarity.
’ Just the last week, three men were prisoned for 22 weeks, 20 weeks and 18 weeks correspondingly from Wales. As described by judges: they were involved in organized badger digging also known as ‘medieval barbarity”. This practice was outlawed in 1973. There were numerous videos and images found on their mobile phone depicting hunting and animal cruelty offenses.
Many wildlife were killed in the video, and also dog being a bait to Laure, these animals. In one footage, dogs attacked a baby badger after being pulled out of the underground. It was skinned alive. And just as they knew it was alive, they hit it’s head by shovel and killed.
On June 24, Monday, Chris Sherwood with 10 animal charity leaders, hosted a discussion with a government minister. This discussion was for the UK government to fulfill the promise of extending the sentence for more than 18 months. Hope this new bill would really give justice to these fur babies and more.