Increase penalty rates for barbaric animal cruelty!

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The purpose of the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986” is to prevent cruelty to animals, encourage the considerate treatment of animals and to improve the level of community awareness about the prevention of cruelty to animals. But despite this Act, Victoria still has extreme cases of animal cruelty, the worst cases being 5686 cases of insufficient food, water and shelter, 3069 husbandry issues, 2814 cases of underweight animals, 2538 cases of insufficient health treatments and 1457 cases of the abandonment of animals. But the worst, most horrific case recorded was: a horse with fractured legs, forced to limp through a paddock for months before being euthanised. The maximum penalty of cruelty to animals in Victoria is two years jail time and a fine of $74,620 for the natural person. In Queensland, the maximum is 7 years of jail time, a fine of $235,600 for the natural person and $1,178,000 for a corporation. Victoria is really behind! We need to raise the penalty to reduce animal cruelty by using the scare tactic, the higher the penalty, the more people will not want to be heavily fined, therefore reducing the cases of animal cruelty. Help me raise this penalty to reduce the cases of animal cruelty in Victoria.

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