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What are the penalties for animal cruelty offences?

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Last updated: 08 Jan, 2016
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Penalties for animal cruelty offences vary in each jurisdiction, but all have provisions for jail terms and fines.  The maximum penalties outlined in the table below can apply to both deliberate and negligent acts of animal cruelty (except for those prescribed under the NSW Crimes Act as specified below).  As penalties under legislation change regularly, it is recommended that you consult the relevant legislation in your jurisdiction to ensure currency.

 

State

Maximum jail term

Maximum fine

Legislation

ACT

2 years

$22,000 for natural person

$110,000 for corporation

Animal Welfare Act 1992

NSW

5 years*

$22,000 for natural person

$110,000 for corporation

Crimes Act 1900, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

NT

1 year

$13,700 for natural person

Animal Welfare Act

Qld

7 years** 

$235,600 for natural person

$1,178,000 for corporation 

Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

SA

4 years

$50,000 for natural person

Animal Welfare Act 1985 

Tas

1.5 years

$26,000 for natural person

$130,000 for corporation

Animal Welfare Act 1993

Vic

2 years

$74,620 for natural person

$182,000 for corporation

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

WA

5 years

$50,000 for natural person

$250,000 for corporation

Animal Welfare Act 2002 

* Available under s.530 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) for serious animal cruelty committed with “intention of inflicting severe harm”.  2 year maximum under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (NSW).

** Available under s.242 of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld) for serious animal cruelty. 3 year maximum under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld).


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