Extra jail for animal cruelty
Premier Anna Bligh today announced an increase in jail time for those convicted of animal cruelty.
Ms Bligh, speaking in Toowoomba, cited the alleged act of cruelty to "Elf" the Shetland pony on Christmas Day as a motivating factor in her push for new legislation.
Speaking after the Community Cabinet meeting, Premier Bligh said that a new offence of serious animal cruelty would more than triple the current jail time under tough new proposed laws.
The new offence will carry a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.
"The recent cases of animal cruelty have rightly provoked community outrage and highlighted the need for stiffer penalties," Ms Bligh said.
Currently most cases are prosecuted under the Animal Care and Protection Act which provides a maximum penalty of $100,000 or two years imprisonment.