House of Commons
Maximum sentences for animal cruelty
EDM #157
Tabled 11 February 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House welcomes the commitment by the Government to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty from six months to five years; notes that the current maximum sentences in England and Wales are the lowest in Europe, are significantly lower than in Northern Ireland where perpetrators can be sentenced to between two and five years in prison, and are lower than for the crime of fly-tipping which can receive a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment; welcomes the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Private Members Bill tabled by the hon. Member for West Dorset; further welcomes the Government’s indication that it intends to adequately reflect the violent nature of animal cruelty crimes by backing this Bill; calls on the Government to also urgently amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 so that extended maximum sentences for animal cruelty do not only apply to owners and keepers and can instead also be used in cases such as that of the Brighton cat killer.

Signatures (42)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
12 February 2020
Davies, Geraint
Labour
12 February 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
12 February 2020
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
12 February 2020
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
12 February 2020
Glindon, Mary
Labour
12 February 2020
Sobel, Alex
Labour
12 February 2020
Byrne, Ian
Labour
13 February 2020
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
13 February 2020
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
13 February 2020
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
17 February 2020
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
18 February 2020
Green, Kate
Labour
19 February 2020
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
19 February 2020
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
19 February 2020
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
19 February 2020
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
20 February 2020
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
21 February 2020
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
24 February 2020
Hendrick, Sir Mark
Labour
24 February 2020
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
24 February 2020
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
24 February 2020
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
24 February 2020
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
24 February 2020
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
24 February 2020
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
25 February 2020
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
25 February 2020
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
25 February 2020
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
25 February 2020
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
26 February 2020
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
26 February 2020
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
26 February 2020
Donaldson, Sir Jeffrey M
Democratic Unionist Party
26 February 2020
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
27 February 2020
Evans, Chris
Labour
02 March 2020
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
21 April 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion