Date lodged: 5 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the First Minister's statement on the Programme for Government on 4 September 2018 in relation to Finn’s Law (Official Report, c.20), when it plans to introduce the legislation.
Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 19 September 2018
Proposal’s for a Scottish “Finn’s Law” will be consulted on shortly as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to amend the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) 2006 Act. The consultation will consider our proposal to increase the maximum penalty to five years’ imprisonment for the worst types of animal cruelty, including attacks on police dogs. This will include the Programme for Government proposal in relation to a “Finn’s law.”