I'm sure that everyone across Mansfield and Warsop will be as pleased as I am that those who abuse animals will now receive harsher punishments. As the proud parent of a Cavachon called Dexter, I find it incomprehensible that people can abuse animals.
The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill will strengthen the UK's position as a global leader on animal welfare by introducing one of the toughest sanctions in Europe. The Bill will change sentencing for animal abusers from the current maximum sentence of six months to up to five years in prison.
The Bill follows a public consultation last year, in which more than 70% of people supported the proposals for stronger prison sentences. It means the courts will be able to take a tougher approach to cases such as dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals.
I've received a huge amount of correspondence about introducing tougher sentencing for animal cruelty and it is brilliant to know that the Government is listening and taking action.