Wags the Border Collie was starved to death by his negligent owner. The offender received a fine of $432.00. Duffy the horse was found emaciated, dying and beyond help. Duffy’s negligent owner was given a 28 day jail term - suspended. This offence carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail or a $24,000 fine.
Magistrates could enforce tougher penalties for animal cruelty offences but choose not to. This petition calls on the Government to act on specifying tougher penalties for those convicted of animal neglect and cruelty offences.
TO THE HONOURABLE SPEAKER and MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED:
The petition of the undersigned draw attention to the House of Assembly Tasmania;
1. The widely held support for reform of the law to specify greater penalties to be applied to a person who is convicted of animal neglect or cruelty offences;
2. The widely held support for reform of the law to specify the mandatory loss of entitlement to keep or care for animals to be applied to a person who is convicted of serious animal neglect or cruelty offences.
The Support Tougher Penalties for Animal Cruelty & Neglect petition to State Government - Tasmania was written by Dogs' Homes of Tasmania and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.