Animal Welfare Bill progress hailed by East Yorkshire’s MP Sir Greg Knight

A Parliamentary Bill to increase penalties for the country’s worst animal abusers has moved a step nearer to becoming law, thanks to the support from East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 11:45 am
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, passed all its stages in the House of Commons earlier this month (Friday, March 12).

The measure, which is co-sponsored by Sir Greg Knight will introduce tougher prison sentences for those found guilty of animal cruelty, by increasing the penalty from a maximum jail term of six months, to one of five years.

Responding to the Bill’s progress, Sir Greg said: “This is good news. It will deter abuse and lead to the better treatment of animals. It is a serious step forward.

“For too long, the worst animal abusers have got away with a slap on the wrist, but that will soon end.

“We are a nation of animal-lovers, and the public rightly want those who treat their pets, or other animals badly, to be punished appropriately.

“Longer jail sentences will act as a deterrent, too.”

The Private Members’ measure, introduced by MP Chris Loder and backed by Sir Greg, is the latest move at Westminster to promote animal welfare.

The Bill now awaits approval by the House of Lords before becoming law.