Sentences Must be tougher for Animal Cruelty

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami has called for harsher sentencing of people found guilty of neglecting or abusing animals.

Mr Tami said he was appalled by the rise in animal cruelty in Wales, which saw the number of cases of neglect increase by more than 25 per cent between 2005 and 2006.

He said: “There is a shocking catalogue of crimes which cannot be ignored.

“People who harm animals often have little regard for human life too, so they must be punished more harshly.

“I am also disgusted by the rise in neglect cases, where animals have been left to starve simply because their owners are too lazy to feed them. There can be no excuse for neglect and so sentences for those found guilty of it should be increased.”