Flawed Logic Impedes Animal Welfare Act Sentencing
New Zealand Law Journal, Vol. 2004, p. 357
8 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2006
Less than five years ago, Parliamentarians from all parties met to congratulate themselves on the occasion of having unanimously passed the Animal Welfare Act 1999, New Zealand's first attempt to modernize the law governing the humane treatment of animals. While the legislation is not without its flaws, it was undoubtedly a major step forward for New Zealand's animal welfare policies. Nearly five years into the new regime, it appears that at least one major aspect of the reform has been rendered unsuccessful, however. Changes designed to increase sentences handed down for significant cruelty against animals have been mostly ineffective. It is submitted that the reason for this failure is a flawed form of reasoning being applied in the sentencing for these offences. This article will consider how an inappropriate judicial attitude to crimes against animals has impeded Parliament's objective of bumping up the penalties for these offences.Please enter abstract text here.
Keywords: animal, cruelty, sentencing, welfare, punishment
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