In Parliament today, Black Country MP John Spellar backed calls for tougher sentencing against those who commit cruelty to animals.

Speaking in the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, Spellar argued that it the Government should be emphasising to police forces and prosecutors that ‘that those who break the law break the law’. Emphasising that ‘in many cases, these people are also involved not only in other crime, but, actually, in cruelty, particularly to children and other human beings’

Later in the debate, he called on the Home Office to give clear instruction to police forces to enforce the compulsorily microchipping laws, claiming that those who deliberately violate microchipping laws ‘are often subjects of interest in other criminal matters as well’.

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John Spellar (Warley) (Lab)

Like others, I congratulate the hon. Member on bringing forward this very important Bill. He touches on something very important: the link between these crimes and other criminality. Should it not be reinforced by Government to police forces and prosecutors that those who break the law break the law and, therefore, there should be many more prosecutions, because in many cases, these people are also involved not only in other crime, but, actually, in cruelty, particularly to children and other human beings?

John Spellar

My hon. Friend rightly mentions microchipping. It appears that there has been very limited enforcement of that by the police. Does she agree that the Home Office ought to give clear instructions to police forces that this is the law of the land and therefore they need to enforce it? I suspect that the police will find that the perpetrators are often subjects of interest in other criminal matters as well.

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