Support Stronger Animal Welfare Laws

Target: Theresa May, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom

Goal: Protect companion animals and livestock from abuse with steeper penalties against those who cause them harm.

Currently, those who commit animal abuse in the United Kingdom face a maximum penalty of six months in jail, even in some of the most shocking cases of cruelty or neglect. In response to calls from judges and the public, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove has introduced a proposal that would raise the maximum penalty to five years, making animal abuse an offense more in line with other serious crimes. These new proposed laws must be supported in Parliament so they can be implemented as soon as possible.

As it stands, even with shockingly low maximum penalties for abuse, very few convicted animal abusers ever see jail time in the United Kingdom, as seen in the 2013 case where two brothers were found guilty of headbutting, tossing and crushing their pet bulldog, Baby, and photographing their heinous acts for social media. In this case, neither brother received the six month maximum penalty in spite of the unthinkable cruelty they inflicted on this innocent animal and demands from the public for harsher punishment.

We know that cruelty to animals is often an early warning sign of other forms of violence and abuse, such as domestic violence and murder. It is vital that tougher penalties be adopted for animal abusers in the United Kingdom. Sign this petition to demand that the prime minister send her support for ensuring this proposal becomes law.


Dear Prime Minister May,

The United Kingdom’s animal welfare laws are far too lenient and must be reformed to deter some of the most shocking forms of animal abuse committed against pets and livestock. In too many cases, those responsible for heinous acts against innocent creatures escape with less than the already lenient maximum sentencing of six months, and this issue must be addressed.

Those who commit violence and harm against animals often go on to commit serious crimes against other people. In making sure that those who abuse or neglect animals are appropriately punished, the United Kingdom will be making great strides toward becoming a safer and more compassionate nation as a whole. We urge you to show your support for these proposed laws and to help ensure they are passed in Parliament as soon as possible.


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  1. About time too! And 5 years is not enough. louts who hurt those who cannot hit back should get back what they deal out.

  2. WE need stronger animal protection everywhere for ALL animals. It would be a better world.


  4. Stronger Laws for Animal abuse, cruelty, torture and death, needs be a felony with prison time!

  5. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  6. Yeah yeah! Fookers should get at 5yrs in prison, this would be nothing but an butlins holiday for theses ases …God willing there will be an good hearted sod that would give these fooks an Glasgow kiss which soon will not before gotten in an hurry..Glasgow kiss=an good butt in the heid..justice served..

  7. Please uphold and increase animal cruelty laws. The world needs your help as a true beacon and example to end cruelty and torture to all animals.

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