The Uk is supposedly a nation of animal lovers but it seems that many buck this and treat animals in their charge badly.
What should be done with animal abusers ? share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this post.
A new law to help protect animals from cruelty and abuse is being introduced by the government.
The new Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill would mean that people who hurt animals could face up to five years in jail, instead of the current six months.
The toughest jail sentences would be for dog fighting, hurting puppies or kittens and failing to look after farm animals.
The Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “There is no place in this country for animal cruelty. That is why I want to make sure that those who abuse animals are met with the full force of the law.”
He also said the new law would bring in some of the toughest punishments in Europe for animal cruelty.
The new bill would work alongside Finn’s Law, which helps give more protection to service dogs and horses.
Finn’s Law was named after the German shepherd police dog who worked alongside PC Dave Wardell.
Finn was attacked and injured whilst working, and his handler Dave campaigned to introduce a new law which would help protect service animals, and bring tougher punishments to people who hurt them.
The duo appeared on Britain’s Got Talent to raise awareness of the bill, and they made it through to the finals, where they revealed that Finn’s Law would be passed.
What Should Be Done With Animal Abusers
RSPCA has a post and many more showing the extent of animal cruelty in the UK
What are the signs of animal abuse ?
“1 – POOR BODY CONDITION AND NOTICEABLE TRAUMA
The animal has severe matting and a filthy coat, open sores or obvious wounds. He appears to be flea or tick infested. He is underweight with bones visible clearly. He might be limping or unable to walk at all, or have congested eyes or ears. He is in obvious physical distress and in need of veterinary care.
2 – LACK OF FOOD OR WATER
Every time you see this animal you notice that she has no obvious sources of food and/or water. She may be aggressive due to starvation and thirst, and perhaps very lethargic.
3 – LACK OF SHELTER
The animal is contained in an area that is largely or fully exposed to inclement weather or constant sun. In many states, if an animal dies as a result of being left alone in a hot car the owner can be charged. See the laws in your state.
4 – LACK OF SANITATION
Feces and/or debris cover the animal’s living area.
5 – ABANDONED
The animal is left in a house, yard, or other area that appears empty or devoid of normal human activity. Reports of companion animals abandoned and left to die inside vacant buildings are alarmingly common.
6 – THE ANIMAL IS TIED OR CAGED
She/He has little or no room to move, and/or is unable to stand or turn.
7 – CHAINS OR PADLOCKS AROUND THE ANIMAL’S NECK
Be on the lookout for anything around an animal’s neck that may have become embedded and/or infected, including regular collars. A chained animal is an abused animal.
8 – SIGNS OF AN ANIMAL BEING TRAINED TO OR HAVING BEEN USED TO FIGHT
This is especially common with bully breed dogs, and even roosters. You may see training implements, treadmills, spring poles, etc. More likely you will notice obvious signs of trauma, including scars, open wounds, infections, and even missing body parts, such as ears or tails.
9 – THE ANIMAL’S BEHAVIOR IS ABNORMAL
She may be very aggressive or severely shy, e.g., cowering, hiding, fear-biting, even with or especially with her owner.
10 – TOO MANY ANIMALS LIVING ON ONE PROPERTY
This can be a sign of animal hoarding, which makes the conditions no less cruel. An estimated 250,000 animals are hoarding victims each year.
11 – OVERT ACTS OF VIOLENCE
An owner or any person who is being overtly violent against the animal, striking or throwing objects at him, or otherwise physically abusing him.”
The above is credited to petsforpatriots
DEFRA Code Of Practice For Dogs (PDF)
MPs debated and approved the Second Reading of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
The Second Reading of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill was approved by the House of Commons without division on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
Closing the debate for the Government, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dr Thérèse Coffey, said;
“One of the key purposes of the Bill is to ensure that there is a deterrent to animal cruelty by extending the maximum sentence possible.”
- Watch Parliament TV: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Second Reading
- Read Commons Hansard: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Second Reading
Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill
Have your say
Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Animal Welfare Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament?
If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.
Summary of the Bill
The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill was introduced in the Commons on 25 June 2019. This Bill would increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences from six months to five years in England and Wales. The offences would become triable in the Crown Court as well as the Magistrates’ Court.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.
- Follow Bills before Parliament: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill
- About Parliament: Passage of a Bill through Parliament
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published a briefing paper for the Bill.
So what should be done with animal abusers, do you think the new laws will be enough or not? Give me your thoughts in the comments section.
Further to this is the animal cruelty list UK
A man who beat his pet American bulldog and used household cleaning products on her has been jailed for four months.
Gary Bell was also banned from keeping animals for life for the cruelty he inflicted on his dog, called Smiler.
RSPCA officers concerned about an issue with her eye found the dog barely conscious in the bath at his home.
Bell, 50, of Coronation Way in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by inflicting trauma on her.
He was also found guilty on 3 December of failing to provide veterinary attention for her injuries and applying cleaning products to her head and eyes.
Bell was due to attend Bradford Magistrates’ Court on 7 January but failed to appear and was arrested on warrant.
He then appeared before magistrates on 9 January, when he was sentenced and ordered to pay a £121 victim surcharge.BBC Leeds Full story