The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed proposals in the Queen’s Speech to promote and protect the welfare of animals.

The proposals include an Animal Welfare Sentencing Bill, which will contain measures to increase prison sentences for animal cruelty.

Under the terms of the bill, which is being reintroduced after running out of time in the last parliamentary session, the maximum prison sentence will increase from six months to five years for the most serious cases of animal cruelty.

Andy Knott, chief executive at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“In a bid to build a kinder Britain, we need proper deterrents for those intent on abusing animals and tougher custodial sentences of up to five years will better reflect the gravity of these crimes.

“We commend the Government for the measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech which, if implemented, will be important steps in addressing animal cruelty. These steps put animal welfare at the heart of Government policy and in step with public opinion. We hope the bill is passed quickly and enters into law.”

The Queens speech also included measures to ban trophy hunting imports.

Andy Knott, said:

“We support the calls for a ban on the import into the UK of animal corpses that have been the victims of bloodthirsty trophy hunters.

“These measures will help protect wildlife and undermine the sickening practice of trophy hunting.”

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The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).