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Animal cruelty sentences set to rise to five years in prison

animal cruelty sentences set to rise to five years in prison

People in England who commit the most serious crimes of animal cruelty could face up to five years in prison, the government has said.
The move – an increase on the current six-month maximum sentence – follows a number of cases where English courts wanted to hand down tougher sentences.
It is intended to tackle “those who commit the most shocking cruelty towards animals”.
The RSPCA said it would “deter people from abusing and neglecting animals”.
Under the government’s plans, courts will retain the ability to hand out an unlimited fine and ban an offender from owning animals in the future.
However, they would now also have the ability to punish the worst cases more harshly in terms of custodial sentences.