Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson calls on SNP to introduce tougher penalties for animal abuse

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has again called on the SNP Government to ensure that tougher penalties are in place for those who carry out acts of animal abuse, and expedited court hearings in cases of animal welfare, particularly in instances of puppy breeding and smuggling.

The Scottish Conservative MSP challenged SNP Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon MSP to commit to expedited court hearings and increasing jail sentences

In response, the Minister merely made reference to the SNP’s Programme For Government confirming measures will be actively considered that were included in their prospective legislation.

That response left Mr Carson disappointed, considering how big an issue puppy smuggling remains at the port of Cairnryan in his constituency.

The Programme for Government makes mention of increased sentencing for the worst types of cruelty, which Mr Carson is calling for the SNP Government to drive forward as quickly as possible.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The problem with puppy smuggling continues to be a huge concern at the port of Cairnryan, with incidents continuing to occur on an all too regular basis.

“Those carrying out these acts must know that they will be felt with the full force of the law, which is why I had hoped for a greater commitment today from the SNP Minister responsible.

“We have seen the commitment from the SNP in their Programme for Government, about increasing sentencing, so now I would urge them to bring those plans forward as quickly as possible.

“Puppy smuggling is increasingly being carried out by organised crime gangs. The cruelty to theses puppies is bad enough with the proceeds of the trade funding other criminal activity!

“With the port of Cairnryan still being used for this awful practice, I will be pushing the SNP Government to commit to tougher sentences once and for all.”