Animal welfare bill passes into law

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The Animal Welfare Bill has been passed, significantly raising penalties for cruelty to animals. The Animal Welfare Amendment Act increases the maximum sentence for animal ill-treatment and neglect from three to five years and the maximum fine will double to $100,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a body corporate. The Act redefines the description of some offences, for example, it expands the threshold for the offence of wilful ill-treatment and adds a new offence of reckless ill-treatment as well as expanding the law relating to forfeiture of animals and disqualification from having custody of animals. So please, be nice to animals!

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