'Animal cruelty sentences must be tougher as those who offend could go on to abuse people,' says MP Anna Turley

'Animal cruelty sentences must be tougher as those who offend could go on to abuse people,' says MP Anna Turley

Anna Turley is calling for tougher sentences for Animal abuse

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Labour MP Anna Turley is calling for a big increase in sentences for animal cruelty, on the grounds that offenders could go on to harm humans as well.

On Friday the MP for Redcar will bring forward a bill in Parliament, calling for the maximum jail term to be extended from six months, as it stands at present, to five years. 

Ms Turley told James Whale: "I’d love to make it stronger than [five years], but if we get that, it will be amazing.

“There is a link between animal cruelty and human cruelty… if you abuse an animal you are very likely to abuse a human being.

“We need to send a message to people that if they conduct a disgusting act like this, they’ve got to pay the penalty."

Listen to the full interview above 

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