Prison sentences for the worst animal abusers will be toughened up with a new law.
The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill will be introduced in the UK Parliament today.
The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths will now put forward a Legislative Consent Motion for those aspects of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill which apply to Wales.
The new bill will mean that animal abusers could face up to five years in prison, a significant increase from the current maximum sentence of six months.
The harshest sentences will be for cruelty including dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals.
The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP said the Bill will bring in the toughest punishment in Europe for animal cruelty crimes.