PLANS to jail dog-napping thieves are being postponed amid fears they will be put on hold forever, the Sun may reveal on Sunday.
Tough new laws that would make pet theft a crime for the first time are to be kicked in the long grass, along with powers to crack down on puppy smugglers.
Pet Nabbers would be jailed for up to five years to help stem the spate of heartbreaking thefts of beloved family pooches under proposals.
But Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appears to be delaying the landmark Animal Welfare Bill as insiders claim there is not enough time in Parliament to get the new legislation passed.
Senior Tories fear it will be the deathblow of the law that would also ban the export of live animals to cruel foreign slaughterhouses, in what is being championed as a big Brexit bonus.
Ex-Environment Commissioner George Eustice told the Sun on Sunday: “The Animal Welfare Act is packed with Manifesto commitments and enjoys near-universal public support.
“The Prime Minister must stick to his promise of leadership and allow the bill to resume its passage through Parliament.
“Now that we have left the EU and become a self-governing country again, our Parliament must develop the maturity to responsibly debate contentious or emotional issues.”
Lorraine Platt, director of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, added: “It has been over a year since the Captive Animals Act was last advanced and we fear it may be lost altogether.”
Paula Boyden, Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, called on ministers to “speed up the Keeping Animals Act”.
A government spokesman said: “We already have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
“The Captive Animals Act will introduce some of the world’s strongest protections for pets, livestock and wild animals.”
They added that it is normal for bills to be delayed due to parliamentary time constraints.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6834882/laws-jail-dog-thiefs-face-delay/ New laws to jail dog-nappers are being postponed and possibly even shelved forever