I am a long-time supporter of animal welfare and animal rights, and I know that many of my constituents feel very strongly about these issues as well.
I frequently hear from local residents after high profile cases of animal cruelty, upset and angry that the terrible act has happened but often about the lack of justice that followed.
Whilst Labour introduced some fantastic legislation to uphold animal rights, it is right that we re-visit this legislation and continue to update it and improve upon it.
I am pleased that the Government is now bringing forward proposals to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years.
The Bill will also recognise in UK law that animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and pleasure. It will obligate the government to take the welfare needs of animals into consideration when formulating and implementing future government policy.
These proposals are being put to a public consultation. If you would like to take part you have until 31st January 2018. All the information can be found here - https://consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/consultation-on-the-animal-welfare-bill/