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Animal Welfare Bill published 03/10/2019 The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill has been published.

Animal Welfare Bill published

The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill has been published. It will increase the maximum penalties for the most serious animal welfare and wildlife offences to five years imprisonment and increase the maximum penalties for various other offences.

The Bill will implement ‘Finn’s Law’ giving extra protection to service animals, and provide a process to allow animals that have been taken into possession on welfare grounds to be sold or rehomed quickly without the need for a court order.

“We want to continue to have the highest standards of welfare for our animals and to have the most robust and proportionate penalties available,” said Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon. “Through increasing the maximum penalties available for the most serious animal welfare and wildlife offences, we are ensuring that those who carry out these heinous acts will rightly face the full force of the law, as and where appropriate.”

 

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