Animal abusers could get five years in prison
People who abuse animals will now face up to five years in prison under a tough new crackdown. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said the 10-fold increase in the present six-month sentence was needed to combat cruelty.
It comes after cases in which courts said they would have liked to impose tougher sentences. Mr Gove said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and so we must ensure that those who commit the most shocking cruelty towards animals face suitably tough punishments.”