Stephen today called on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals on animal cruelty.
During DEFRA Orals in the House of Commons, Stephen asked Ministers why they had delayed in bringing in five-year maximum sentences for those convicted of animal cruelty. He noted this was against the advice of the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which had asked for the sentence to be introduced almost three years ago. The Minister responded to Stephen saying the government was looking to find “…the right legislative vehicle…to take this forward.”
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said “I am very disappointed that the Government is continuing to drag their feet with this legislation.
The current six-month maximum sentence is simply inadequate for the severity of some of these terrible crimes. It is a shame the government have failed to come up with a date for when this change can be introduced.