Queensland LNP have announced they would increase penalties for dog baiting, if they win the next state election.
It follows a string of cruel deaths and injuries to several dogs at Brisbane parks in recent weeks.
There have also been a number of near misses reported on the Gold Coast, with dog baits found at The Spit and a dog park in Robina recently.
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Currently, penalties for baiting an animal has a maximum penalty of one year’s imprisonment or $40,035.
Though the LNP believe these penalties don’t align with the offence of animal cruelty which has a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment or $266,900.
The LNP has vowed to close this ‘legal loophole’ if they get elected into power next year, by aligning the penalties with cruelty offences under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
“Like many Queenslanders I am horrified by the alleged dog baiting incidents around Brisbane.
“The penalties for dog baiting should be the same as penalties for animal cruelty.
“It is beyond the pale that some lowlife thinks it is ok to do this to our pets.
“It is also deeply troubling that even if we catch the grubs poisoning our dogs that they may only get a slap on the wrist.
“I won’t allow that to happen on my watch and it is why if elected the LNP will triple the penalty for dog baiting.
“The LNP will send a clear message, you mess with man’s best friend then we will throw the book at you,” Ms Frecklington said.
I’ve been horrified with the recent dog baiting in local Bris parks.
The @LNPQLD are announcing plans to increase animal baiting penalties to align w animal cruelty. (Max 3 years jail & $267K fine)
— Deb Frecklington MP (@DebFrecklington) September 1, 2019