A picture of Kate Green signing a pledge to support the law to increase maximum sentence for animal cruelty
A picture of Kate Green signing a pledge to support the law to increase maximum sentence for animal cruelty

Kate was delighted to attend a reception hosted by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to show her support for changing the law to increase the maximum sentences for animal cruelty.

Currently, Courts in England and Wales can only punish the most serious animal cruelty offences with a maximum of up to six months in prison, a banning order and an unlimited fine.

Northern Ireland already has sentences of up to five years, and the Scottish government is currently legislating for five-year sentences.

Last week saw the measure return to Parliament, following the introduction of a new Bill to change the law, allowing for sentences to increase to a maximum of five years for animal cruelty offences – something Battersea has been campaigning on since 2017.

The government has already indicated its intention to support the Bill during its passage through Parliament. This change would provide the justice system with the flexibility to treat the most shocking acts of animal cruelty much more seriously than it can at present.

At the reception, Kate added her signature to a pledge board to underline their support for the change to the legislation.

Kate said: “It’s critically important that we change the law to better protect animals in the future.

“The current maximum penalty is neither a punishment nor a deterrent to offenders and this change is long overdue. That’s why I’m proud to support this Bill and Battersea’s campaign.”

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