Sir Greg is backing a Parliamentary Bill to toughen up sentences for the country’s worst animal abusers.
The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, which is currently awaiting consideration by a House of Commons Committee, will introduce tougher prison sentences for those found guilty of animal cruelty, by increasing the penalty from a maximum jail term of 6 months to one of five years.
Commenting on the Bill’s progress so far, Sir Greg said: “This measure is good news for deterring animal abuse across the country. For anyone who backs the better treatment of animals, this bill is a critical step forward.
He adds: “For too long, animal abusers have got away with light sentences, but hopefully that will soon end. We are a nation of animal-lovers, and the public want those who treat their pets or other animals badly, to be punished severely.”
“Longer jail sentences will act as a deterrent”.
The Private Members’ measure, introduced by Chris Loder, MP for West Dorset, is being backed by Sir Greg. It is the latest move in a programme of legislation to protect animal welfare.