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We received 9,084 responses to this consultation. We also received 64,169 responses from the campaign organisation 38 Degrees, who conducted their own survey.
The consultation set out proposals to ensure animal sentience is reflected in domestic law when we leave the EU. Work on finalising our proposals on animal sentience will continue.
We will be changing the maximum penalty for offences under section 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to be 5 years and/or an unlimited fine.
We’ll also be looking at making it easier to prosecute attacks on service animals (like police dogs and horses). We’re supporting the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill (Finn’s law) introduced by Sir Oliver Heald MP.
We want to know what you think about our draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill which does two things. It states that animals are sentient beings and it increases the maximum penalty for animal welfare cruelty offences from 6 months to 5 years imprisonment.