Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has backed a campaign for ‘Finns Law 2’ to secure tougher sentences for animal cruelty and neglect.
Police dog Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell successfully fought for changes dubbed ‘Finns Law’ to improve protection for emergency service animals.
The second part of the campaign, ‘Finns Law 2’, seeks to extend the maximum sentence for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 from six months to five years.
The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill did not complete its passage through the House of Commons and the House of Lords before the 2019 general election was called. However, the campaigners are now seeking the support of MPs to complete the changes in law.
Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said
I am delighted to back this campaign. I was fully supportive of the original Finns’ Law and am more than happy to lend my support to the second part.
You don’t have to be a pet owner to find abuse and neglect of animals to be abhorrent.
The government can send a very clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated by increasing the severity of sentences for offenders.
I had the pleasure of meeting Finn and PC Wardell in parliament. They are both doing a tremendous job of convincing MPs to back their cause.