Why was the need for change important
On 29th June 2021, the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill - also known as Finn's Law Part 2 - passed into law in England and Wales.
Now one of the toughest sanctions for animal abuse in Europe, courts are able to give punishments that better reflect the severity of crimes committed against innocent animals.
Under the previous legislation, the maximum penalty for crimes against animal welfare was just six months.
The new Bill now means that the maximum sentence for certain animal cruelty offences, such as dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals, is five years.
The Bill also ensures that animals are defined in UK law as sentient beings, capable of experiencing pain, stress and fear.
The hope is that these tougher measures will also act as a stronger deterrent to other potential offenders.
How we helped
Working closely with PC Dave Wardell, proud handler and owner of Fabulous Finn, we joined other passionate organisations and individuals across the UK and called upon the Leader of the House, the Speaker of the House and local MPs to help get the long-overdue Bill passed into law.
We are proud to have played a small part in helping push the Bill through and thrilled that this vital change will give a voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves, today and in the future.