I recently read with disgust the recent reports about local thugs in Seaham who tortured a stolen pet rabbit to death. This is completely unacceptable in our society and I was appalled to learn that they only received community sentences. Crimes like this deserve jail; these thugs got away virtually scot-free with a community sentence.
It is time we started to take animal abuse seriously; even in the most serious of abuse cases the maximum sentence is far too low with the maximum sentence being less than a year. It is high time the government increased the highest possible sentence, to ensure a much tougher punishment for those carrying out these disgusting crimes.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East region