A new law has seen the prison sentence for animal cruelty rise from 6 months to 5 years. The rule was proposed to the parliament on July 26th, and the sentence increased as it was a maximum of 6 months.

Last year, the idea was brought following a public consultation. So, more than 70% of the public asked for a tougher prison sentence for animal cruelty.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “There is no place in this country for animal cruelty. Our new Bill sends a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated. With the maximum five-year sentence one of the toughest punishments in Europe.” The courts can now take stricter action in extreme cases of animal abuse.

However, Claire Horton, Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said: “The introduction of this bill is a landmark achievement. Which will make a profound difference to dogs and cats in England and Wales.

“We, and many other rescue centers, see shocking cases of cruelty and neglect come through our gates. And there are many more animals that are dumped and don’t even make it off the streets.

“Research shows that tougher prison sentences for animal cruelty act as a deterrent to would-be criminals. So, today’s announcement should prevent the suffering of many animals in the future.”