Cruelty to Animals Act 1849

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The Cruelty to Animals Act 1849 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (12 & 13 Vict. c. 92) with the long title An Act for the more effectual Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Act repealed two previous Acts, the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act 1822 and the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835, and reiterated the offences of beating, ill-treating, over-driving, abusing and torturing animals with a maximum penalty of £5 and compensation of up to £10. The Act was amended and expanded by the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876, and repealed by the Protection of Animals Act 1911.

See also


  • The British Almanac of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 1850, p. 142.

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