The Environment Secretary will today set out plans to strengthen animal welfare laws and enshrine animal sentience in domestic UK law.
Our new draft Bill will mean:
- Recognising and enshrining animal sentience in domestic UK law;
- Increasing the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years;
- Courts retaining the ability to hand out unlimited fines and ban offenders from owning animals in future.
RSPCA Head of Public Affairs David Bowles said: “This is potentially great news for animals post-Brexit.
“To include the recognition of animal sentience as well as increasing animal cruelty sentencing to 5 years into the new 2018 Animal Welfare Bill is a very bold and welcome move by the Government.
“Even better, the legislation explicitly rejects the kind of exemptions for activities that the European Union deemed acceptable – such as bull-fighting and producing foie gras – which will offer even stronger protection than Article 13 of the EU Treaty could ever do.”