Animal Fighting (Sentencing) Bill 2016-17



The aim of the Bill was to bring the sentencing powers available to the courts for those convicted of animal fighting offences in line with the sentences in the devolved administration of Northern Ireland.


At present, those convicted of an animal fighting offence in England can be sentenced to a maximum of 6 months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine, whereas those convicted in Northern Ireland can be sentenced to 5 years and/or a £20,000 fine


The Bill has already had its first reading on 4th July, with the second reading due on 24th February 2017. Unfortunately, a lack of time meant that this Bill was unable to read on the 24th, and has consequently been rescheduled for a later date. Since this date, the Prime Minister has called an early General Election. As this Bill has not cleared both Houses of Parliament, the Bill has not made it in to legislation.


You can read more about the Parliamentary passage of this Bill here.