This campaign will help to raise awareness of the current law in the UK regarding animal abuse, neglect & murder and how the sentences are not being used to the maximum. Too often minimum fines are given to people who inflict the most disguisting abuse and harm to our animals.
Within the UK Judicial System, sentencing guidelines are set by theSentencing Counciland they provide detailed guidance toMagistrates Courtsacross the UK. These guidelines state that offences of Animal Cruelty (as described in the Animal Welfare Act 2006) is triable only summarily (cannot go to Crown Court) and carry a maximum penalty of £20,000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment).
It is highly unlikely that anyone would receive the maximum sentence and usually dis- proportionate fines are imposed.