Animal welfare offences

Looking at sentencing outcomes in Queensland from July 2016 – June 2018 for animal welfare offences, this research found:

  • 1020 offenders were sentenced for 2416 charges
  • 853 cases in Queensland where this was the most serious offence (MSO)
  • 260 offenders were banned from owning animals
  • 66.7% of offenders were male
  • 16.2% were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • the average age of offenders was 36.4 years
  • 93.3% of offenders pleaded guilty
  • 68.2% were fined
  • the average fine given was $1,460.

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