South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed plans to increase penalties for the worst acts of animal cruelty tenfold, from six-months to five years.
The plans, outlined by Environment Secretary Michael Gove at Conservative Party Conference this week, will give courts the powers they have called for to punish the most abhorrent acts and deter other offenders.
At the moment, courts can hand out a five-year sentence for fly-tipping but only a six-month sentence for heinous acts of cruelty to animals. The Government will correct this by ensuring tougher penalties are available to the courts for the very worst offences.
Mr Dunne said: "I welcome this action to crack down on those who commit heinous acts of cruelty to animals. This will send a very clear message to the small minority who carry out this intolerable abuse.
Draft legislation to bring in tougher penalties will be consulted on at the end of the year. I know the many animal lovers in South Shropshire who have contacted me about this issue will be reassured the government is taking these tougher sentences."