Thanks for taking the time to visit the website of The Cruelty List UK.

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Look into our eyes and tell us our lives don’t matter

The aim of The Cruelty List UK is to collect information on animal cruelty prosecution cases  in the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Our case database #TheList already contains details of hundreds of convictions and, sadly, is  being added to all the time.

What can we say? Animal abuse makes us very very angry …

Each year the RSPCA investigates over 140,000 complaints of cruelty and neglect in England and Wales. The Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) receives around 1,000 reports of animal cruelty every week while Northern Ireland’s USPCA has averaged three reports per day since 2011.

In 2017 the RSPCA secured 1,492 convictions by private prosecution. Neither the SSPCA nor the USPCA bring prosecutions but still play a crucial role in bringing animal abusers to justice.

No speciesism here

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The main focus of the Cruelty List UK is on the abuse of companion animals – dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, reptiles and so on – though we also highlight prosecutions involving wildlife – badger crime, for example – and farm animals, including slaughterhouse cruelty.

No excuse for animal abuse

Animal abuse is a heinous crime and those people who commit it are contemptible and not worthy of any kind of sympathy. Lawyers representing even the most extreme abusers in court will frequently give a variety of so-called mitigating factors to explain their client’s despicable behaviour: drug and alcohol abuse, depression and other mental illness, poverty and so on.

This, quite frankly, is bullshit; empty words which even the lawyers themselves probably don’t truly believe. When it comes to animal abuse, there are no excuses. None whatsoever.

Animal abuse is a serious crime worthy of harsh punishment

As it stands punishments meted out by the courts to animal abusers are woefully inadequate with offenders commonly receiving suspended prison sentences, paltry fines and nominal bans on keeping pets. One of our key aims is to campaign for stronger penalties for animal abuse. A lifetime disqualification order should be mandatory in EVERY case. Are these people really capable of being reformed? We think not.

The link between animal abuse and other types of violent crime

There is a well-established correlation between animal cruelty and other types of crime such as domestic violence and child abuse. In 2016 the FBI began collecting data on animal abuse and several US states now maintain a register of convicted offenders, providing a useful resource for pet retailers, welfare groups, rescues and others. For years, a sizeable proportion of the British public have urged our government to do likewise, but ministers continue to drag their feet, evidently viewing animal cruelty as a trivial crime.

Before the Cruelty List UK there was Pet Abuse UK . In early 2017 that page, which had a following of nearly 50,000 people, was removed by the Facebook censors for violating the right to privacy of convicted animal abusers.

This website is borne out of frustration with our own government’s shortsightedness and offers an alternative until such time as an official register is implemented.

The Cruelty List UK is a comprehensive, fully searchable and easy-to-navigate database-style website containing key information on hundreds of convicted animal abusers from the past decade or so.

Our pro-active and dedicated researchers will monitor and scan a variety of online sources daily and add the details of new convictions as they arise.

We record and publish names, birthdates if known, geographical location and, of course, mugshots where available.

Why we ‘name and shame’

We think it important that the names and faces of convicted abusers remain in the public eye long after details of them and their crimes have been consigned to newspaper archives.

and before Pet Abuse UK there was British Animal Abusers Named and Shamed. That one lasted about 3 months and had already built up a healthy following of outraged animal lovers.

The information which we publish here may also be a useful resource for pet rescue organisations.

A cautionary note: vigilantism is illegal

While we will never shed a tear for any animal abuser, we strongly discourage readers from contacting them by any method.   No matter how depraved and vile their actions, these individuals are protected by public authorities and anyone seeking retribution against them will likely be met with the full force of the law. Sadly, that’s the world we live in nowadays.


All articles and posts on this website and any images or links contained within are for informational purposes only and must not be seen as incitement to attack or harass the person(s) depicted.

Reporting animal abuse

Please note that The Cruelty List UK is not an animal rescue organisation. Depending on where you are in the country report cruelty to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999, the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999 or, in Northern Ireland, the USPCA on 028 3025 1000.

You can also try your local authority, many of which prosecute animal abusers. This is especially the case in Northern Ireland.

Wildlife crime can be reported to police, many of whom have a rural crime team.

The League Against Cruel Sports investigate illegal and cruel practices such as fox hunting, dog fighting, badger baiting, cockfighting and bird shooting. Contact details on this page.

World Horse Welfare have a welfare hotline 0300 333 6000 (lines are open between 8 am and 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday) if you are worried about a horse.