Policy paper

Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017

Sets out the detail of laws the government plans to make, introducing new penalties for animal cruelty, and covering other animal welfare issues.

Documents

Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Draft Bill

Details

This paper, laid in Parliament on Tuesday 12 December 2017, includes the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017, and the explanatory notes that accompany it.

The draft bill would do two things. It would increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences from 6 months to 5 years imprisonment, and it would ensure that animals are defined in UK law as sentient beings.

We are seeking views on our draft Animal Welfare Bill by 31 January 2018.

Published 12 December 2017