Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for the maximum penalty for the most serious offences of animal cruelty to be increased to 5 years or more.
Austin has long supported increasing maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences.
The current maximum sentence is six months but the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have been campaigning to change this law.
The Government recently increased the maximum sentence for the most severe animal cruelty offences to five years’ imprisonment.
However, Austin thinks it’s taken far too long - despite strong support from the public, animal welfare organisations and Parliament.
Austin has written to the Animal Welfare Minister, urging him to ensure even tougher sentencing for animal cruelty offences.
Ian Austin said:
“The six-month maximum sentence was clearly inadequate for the severity of some of these terrible crimes so I am pleased that the Government have increased it.
“However, I think more can be done on this issue and that’s why I’m calling for even tougher sentencing for animal cruelty sentences.”