Scottish Government seeks views on animal laws

Proposed amendments would increase the maximum penalty for the most serious cruelty offences from 12 months to 5 years’ imprisonment.

The Consultation Proposals are the following:

  • Increase the maximum available penalties for serious animal cruelty offences
  • Introduce fixed penalty notices for less serious animal welfare offences.
  • Introduce a power to quickly make the best arrangements for animals taken into possession


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