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