Stop Press: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021

Stop Press: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021

Jurisdiction: England; Wales

Royal Assent Date: 29 April 2021

Summary: This Act makes provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. It comes into force on 29 June 2021.

Provision is made to increase the maximum penalty for specific offences related to animal welfare in England and Wales. It does so by extending the current maximum penalty, specified under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, of six months and/or an unlimited fine to a penalty of five years and/or an unlimited fine. These