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Harsher penalties for cruelty to animals

Comment 22nd July 2010

There is a proven scientific correlation between those people who are cruel to animals and torture them, who elevate that level of violence to the people around them.

For example, swans are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and illegally taking, injuring or killing them, or interfering with their nests or eggs carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a £5,000 fine.

It's very rarely that the fine is imposed, as the perpetrators of the crime are unable to make such payments.  The prison sentance is light-touch, given the number of times that people get caught doing to the crime vs. the number of times they are suspected of doing a similar animal-related crime.  Given the escalation on to more violent crimes, a heavier sentance is required.

The RSPCA I believe also witness an increase in the level of violence from some members of society who are repeat offenders.

Why does this matter?

There is a proven scientific correlation between those people who are cruel to animals and torture them, who elevate that level of violence to the people around them.

Introducing a system where those offenders are identified, punished, and then re-habilitated back into society with some form of counselling/therapy to identify any deeper problems should surely help identify those people susceptible to domestic violence.

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