HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 cc2778-9W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the inadequacy of the sentences inflicted on persons convicted of cruelty to animals; and what steps does he propose to take in the matter?


asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been directed to the Motion standing in the name of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the City of London, calling attention to the inadequate sentences inflicted on persons convicted of cruelty to animals, and what steps he proposes to take?


I have no doubt that in some cases the sentences passed on offenders of this class are more lenient than many of us would think right. The remedy, however, seems to mo to lie in the development of a proper interest and a healthy public opinion on the subject; and to that end the various unofficial agencies interested, whose activities I welcome, can, I am sure, do much more than any Department of State.