UK law is changing as we leave the EU.

The Government had planned to remove the concept of animal sentience which was enshrined in EU law but backed down after a public outcry.
A consultation is now underway that covers this issue as well as sentencing.
If, like me, you find animal cruelty appalling then you’ll be pleased to hear that longer sentences are proposed in this draft.
If you care about the fate of our wildlife, farm animals and pets then please check the consultation.
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/consultation-on-the-animal-welfare-bill/consultation/intro/