The number of animal-related cases keeps on rising. It’s a global ongoing problem that never ceases to diminish.
Laws have been created to lessen the number of offenders but these seemed to be inefficient in turning the volume of crimes down. In Scotland, crimes against animals only had a maximum of 1-year imprisonment.
Thankfully, that already changed and they’re hoping it’ll turnover positive results.
The Scottish government has increased the penalty for animal cruelty to 5 years.
This new legislation strengthens the previous Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act of 2006.
This bill was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament and it’s considered a triumph for groups and organizations that fight for animal rights and welfare.
Not only 5 years in prison but animal abusers are also set to face unlimited fines.
Also, rescued animals that are taken into custody on welfare grounds can now be given to a new owner or can be sold even without the intervention of the court. The sole purpose of this move is for these poor animals to have their new home and family for a faster healing process.
It’s indeed a huge leap in fighting for animal rights.
It’s not just a step, but a leap forward by Scotland in fighting this problem.
One horrible story about animal abuse was recorded in the U.K. A pitbull in Northern Ireland named Patch had to be put to sleep after acid was poured on her body by her heartless abuser.
“We believe that this change will help protect innocent animals and act as a proper deterrent to those who abuse and mistreat animals,” a spokeswoman for animal welfare organization, Battersea, told Edinburgh News.
This amendment to the pre-existing law for animals is like Finn’s Law, a law named after a police dog who was stabbed by a robber. That day back in 2016, Finn, together with his handler PC Dave Wardell in Hertfordshire, England, U.K. were chasing a robbery suspect.