Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (HL Bill 182)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain
offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain animal welfare offences

(1)Section 32 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (post-conviction powers:
imprisonment or fine) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) (penalty for offence under any of sections 4, 5, 6(1) and (2), 7
5and 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006), for the words from “on summary
conviction” to the end substitute “—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding 12 months, or to a fine, or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not
10exceeding 5 years, or to a fine, or to both.”

(3)After subsection (4) insert—

(4A)In relation to an offence committed before the commencement of
paragraph 24(2) of Schedule 22 to the Sentencing Act 2020, the reference
in subsection (1)(a) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to 6
15months.”

(4)In subsection (5), omit “(1)(a),”.

2 Extent, commencement and short title

(1)This Act extends to England and Wales only.

(2)This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning
20with the day on which it is passed.

(3)The amendments made by this Act do not apply to offences committed before
this Act comes into force.

(4)This Act may be cited as the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021.