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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Sentencing for Animal Cruelty

On Wednesday, Kenneth added his support to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s campaign to increase sentences for animal cruelty.

At present, Scottish courts can only punish the most serious acts of animal cruelty with up to 12 months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000 and a ban on keeping animals.

While stronger than the maximum penalty of six months in England and Wales, it is still lenient compared to most European countries.

Battersea believes a five-year maximum sentence should be possible and indeed the SNP Government has included this intention in its Programme for Government.

For more information about the campaign, visit .


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