Writing this letter reminds me of the film Groundhog Day:until Phil the weatherman learns his lesson, he’s doomed to repeat the same day of his life over and over again. I write once again about a cruel attack on an animal, this time near Redcar. These offences are not only far too common, but they are not taken seriously enough by our criminal justice system.
Current laws are woefully inadequate, with maximum sentences of under a year in jail for any animal cruelty offence. Even some of the most horrific of offences often do not result in a custodial sentence.
Parliament must act to increase the maximum sentences for animal cruelty. Sentencing guidelines need to be change so that those who torture animals for pleasure expect to go to prison.
It’s rare that I, as a UKIP MEP, will be heard praising Labour politicians. But I was immensely pleased to hear Anna Turley MP (Redcar) call for tougher sentences in Parliament this week and hope that more MPs will treat this important issue with the seriousness and gravity that it deserves.
Society has a responsibility to those who do not have a voice of their own, and the treatment of animals is no exception; these animal welfare issues should never be ignored. How many more innocent animals must die before our government will act?
Jonathan Arnott MEP