Animal cruelty

RSPCA tells MPs about 'awful' cruelty cases

Parliament's urged to increase sentences soon
Animal welfare groups have urged Parliament to get on with increasing the maximum jail sentences for cruelty to animals from six months in jail to five years. 

They shared some distressing cases with MPs and said animal abuse was on the increase - with perpetrators sharing their exploits on social media.

Kristiina Cooper reports.

You can hear more from Today in Parliament at 11.30pm on Radio 4 or on BBC Sounds.

Tougher animal cruelty sentences coming

MPs back plans to increase the maximum jail term to five years
People found guilty of the worst cases of animal cruelty will face up to five years in prison, under a new law proposed for England and Wales. 
The move has won cross-party backing from MPs but in the first debate on the plan some argued that the change was long over-due. Simon Jones reports.
And you can hear more from Today in Parliament at 11.30pm on BBC Radio Four.

Calls for a ban on consumption of dog meat in UK

MPs call for ban on consumption of dog meat in the UK,
Millions of dogs are killed around the world for their meat every year.  There is no evidence that dog or indeed cat meat is eaten in the UK.  But MPs want the Government to set an example by banning the consumption of dog meat in this country.
Rachel Byrne reports for Today in Parliament:
Hear more from Today in Parliament on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30pm.

Calls for tougher penalties for pet theft

MPs debate a petition calling for tougher action against pet thieves
More than a hundred thousand people have signed a petition calling for tougher penalties for pet theft.  

The petition led to a debate in Westminster Hall, where MPs highlighted the distress caused by a crime that is increasing. 

David Cornock reports.

You can hear more from Today in Parliament on Radio 4 at 11.30pm.

Horses 'dumped and left to die'

Horses are being "fly-tipped" and left to die by irresponsible owners, says RSPCA
The RSPCA says horses are being dumped, fly-tipped with rubbish, and left to die by irresponsible owners. 
This exclusive film contains some graphic and distressing images of animal cruelty and dead horses, and you might not want children to watch.

Couple rescue abandoned dog on holiday

An East Yorkshire couple adopted a dog they found abandoned to die by a road in Crete