Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided to put an end to the courts infamous leniency in animal cruelty cases.
Currently, the Cruelty to Animals and Animal Welfare Law allows the court to sentence those convicted of animal abuse or cruelty to up to three years in jail, but the majority of such cases end with a fine, or at best – short probation.
Weinstein, a devoted animal lover, recently convened a special session on the matter, which included representatives from the Justice and Agriculture ministries and the police.
Various measures of harsher enforcement and legislation were discussed, and an interministerial committee was formed as well, with aim of reviewing pertinent legislative recommendations.
According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the panel will also seek the input of various animal rights groups prior to submitting its recommendation.
"A just society is measured not only by how it treats people, but how it treats animals," Weinstein said.