Date lodged: 20 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-15636 by Roseanna Cunningham on 16 April 2018, by what date it expects the legislation to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty to be (a) introduced and (b) in place.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 May 2018
The Scottish Government has committed, in its Programme for Government 2017-18, to prepare to amend the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to increase the maximum penalty for the most serious offences to 5 years imprisonment.
The Scottish Government will introduce the legislation when the most suitable legislative vehicle to deliver this commitment is identified and it will come into force on approval by the Scottish Parliament.