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Animal welfare
Calls for the profession to support tougher cruelty sentencing

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PRESSURE is mounting for the profession to add its weight behind a campaign calling for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty.

Last month Battersea Dogs and Cats Home launched a campaign to increase maximum custodial sentences for animal abuse rise to five years, from the current six months.

Battersea published a report showing England and Wales lag behind the rest of Europe, Australia and the USA when it comes to meting out sentences for animal cruelty.

This week several vets have spoken out about the need for the profession to contribute to the campaign usefully.

Tim Morris, non-exec board member of Defra's Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, said: ‘There is enough data to show sentencing is completely below the curve. We are not comparing well with the rest of the world. This is not knee-jerk, it's perfectly reasonable to see we …

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