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Animals do suffer pain, new laws will say.

MINISTERS will formally recognise that animals can feel pain under plans unveiled today.

It will be written into law as part of new legislation to boost welfare standards.

The draft Bill includes tougher sentences for yobs who abuse animals, meaning judges can jail them for up to five years.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: "As we leave the EU we will deliver a Green Brexit, not only maintaining but enhancing animal welfare standards. Animals are sentient beings who feel pain and suffering, so we are writing that principle into law."

Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, said she was "encouraged by the Government's willingness to see sentences for the most shocking cases of animal cruelty increase from six months to five years".

She added: "The current maximum of six months is neither a punishment nor a deterrent."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2017
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