Pets Gain Stronger Protection Under New Australian Animal Cruelty Laws

People who abuse animals are awful people. But even more frustrating is the fact that animal abusers never seem to receive proper punishment for their crimes.

However, Australia seems to be taking these crimes more seriously as they’ve passed new animal cruelty laws. Under the new rules, those who abuse non-farm animals will now face fines of $44,000 as well as a year in prison.

The amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was voted on by the Parliament of New South Wales. It will pass into law, making the fines an eight-fold increase from any of the previous fines for animal cruelty.

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The change also means that these new laws are quite severe punishments for those who abuse animals within the country of Australia.

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According to 7News, those who are found guilty of animal cruelty are looking at a punishment of a max fine of $44,000 and 12 months in jail. However, those who are found guilty of aggravated cruelty will receive a punishment of fines as high as $110,000 and two years behind bars.

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Anyone who fails to provide their animals with adequate access to food or shelter can expect to get hit with fines of as much as $16,500 and six months in jail. Additionally, businesses guilty of animal cruelty can have those fines be as much as $82,500, and corporations that are guilty of animal cruelty can end up paying fees as high as $220,000 or $550,000 per cruelty act!

The bill was passed in the NSW Parliament as of March 18 with the Agriculture Minister, Adam Marshall, backing the bill. According to Yahoo!News, Marshall has stated that it’s time that the fines and jail time reflect the crimes.

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According to the outlet, he released a statement saying,

“These changes will see an up-to eight-fold increase in financial penalties and jail time for grubs who would hurt or fail to adequately care for animals. The bill simply underscores that animal cruelty is already unacceptable in NSW, and brings down a harsh suite of penalties on those who fall foul of our robust laws.”

Personally, I think it’s about time that all animals get properly recognized protections under the law. Starting with pet animals is a great start! What do you think? Should other countries look to Australia as an example?

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