New consultation

Parliament has increased the maximum penalty for the most serious animal cruelty offences to five years’ custody. We want to hear your views on our proposed new guideline for sentencing these offences.



The Sentencing Council wants to hear your views. Take part in our latest consultations or see how we responded to your views on previous consultations.


The Sentencing Council for England and Wales promotes greater consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and criminal justice professionals and aims to increase public understanding of sentencing.