RSPCA Cymru has welcomed Welsh Government action to deliver tougher prison sentences for the worst perpetrators of animal abuse.

Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, announced today (26 June) that a legislative consent motion will be put forward, paving the way for the relevant aspects of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill – announced by Defra – to apply to Wales, as well as England.

If passed, that legislative consent motion would pave the way for the … Continue reading…

The Welsh Government must increase the maximum sentences which can be handed down to those convicted for animal cruelty, or risk treating animal cruelty as a far less serious offence, compared to neighbouring England.

RSPCA has long campaigned for an increase to the maximum sentence available for those convicted of animal abuse. A recent announcement by the UK Government confirmed that an increase – from six months imprisonment, to five years – would be made.

The charity has now learned … Continue reading…

06.08.13

While tougher sentencing can act as a deterrent for some irresponsible owners on its own it will do little to prevent dog attacks.

Further we are concerned that the package of measures, including this latest proposal about sentencing, could compromise dog welfare as well as some dog owners abandoning their dogs leading to our centres and others picking up the pieces.

We have long called for genuine early intervention and preventative measures to try to prevent such incidents from … Continue reading…