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Animal Health and Wildlife Prosecutions – (R016877) September 2017

Thank you for your request dated 4 September 2017 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

1. Cases taken under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006:

Where persons were proceeded against for offences under the sections of the Act specified below, how many were the subjects of reports submitted by: the police, the Scottish SPCA, a local authority, or any other reporting agency (ideally specifying the agency) in the year 2015-2016?

The relevant sections are: Section 19 (1); Section 19(2); Section 19(3); Section 20(1)(A); Section 20(1)(B; Section 20(2); Section 20 (3); Section 21; Section 23(1)(A); Section 23(1)(B); Section 23(2); Section 23(3); Section 23(4); Section 24; Section 25(7); Section 29(1)(A)(B); Section 29(2)(A) & (B); Section 40(11) 

Additionally, where persons were convicted of offences under these sections, how many were the subjects of reports submitted by the agencies referred to above, in the years 2015 - 16?

2.  Cases taken under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended:

Where persons were proceeded against for offences under the sections of the Act specified below, how many were the subjects of reports submitted by: the police, the Scottish SPCA, a local authority (ideally specifying the authority in question), or any other reporting agency (ideally specifying the agency) in the years 2012 - 2013, 2013 - 2014, 2014 - 2015 and 2015-2016?

The relevant sections are: Section 5(1); Section 9(1); Section 9(2); Section 9(4); Section 9(4A); Section 9(5); Section 10A(1); Section 11(1); Section 11(2); Section 11(3C); Section 11(3E); Section 11A(5); Section 11A(6); Section 11B(3); Section 11C; Section 11E(3) Section 11E(4); Section 11G

Additionally, where persons were convicted of offences under these sections, how many were the subjects of reports submitted by the agencies referred to above, in the years 2012 - 2013, 2013 - 2014, 2014 - 2015 and 2015-2016?

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s case management database is a live, operating datagase. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate database and hold only operational data needed for business purposes.

I attach herewith two tables providing details of the number of charges reported to COPFS where Court proceedings have been raised, the outcome of the charges proceeded with and which agency reported those charges. Please be aware that the information provided relates to the number of charges where proceedings were raised and one or more charges may relate to any one animal, incident or person. It follows that an acquittal on a particular charge may not indicate that a person was acquitted of offending.

Charges reported to COPFS 2015-2016 under Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

   
Charges Prosecuted with Outcomes

     
       
Charge Description

Reporting Agency

Outcome

2015-16

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(1) ATTEMPT CAUSE SUFFERING

Police

Not Convicted

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(1) ATTEMPT CAUSE SUFFERING Total

 

 

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(1) CAUSE SUFFERING

Police

Convicted

18

    Not Convicted

39

    Ongoing

4

    No Further Action

9

    Mental Health Issue

1

  SSPCA

Convicted

4

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(1) CAUSE SUFFERING Total

 

 

75

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(2) CAUSE SUFFERING

Police

Convicted

4

    Not Convicted

4

    Ongoing

1

  SSPCA

Convicted

38

    Not Convicted

15

    Ongoing

4

    No Further Action

9

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(2) CAUSE SUFFERING Total

 

 

75

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(3) CAUSE SUFFERING

Police

Not Convicted

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S19(3) CAUSE SUFFERING Total

 

 

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S24 FAIL MEET NEEDS OF ANIMAL

Local Authority

No Further Action

1

  Police

Convicted

1

  SSPCA

Convicted

15

    Not Convicted

2

    Ongoing

1

    No Further Action

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S24 FAIL MEET NEEDS OF ANIMAL Total

 

 

21

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S25(7) FAIL COMPLY CARE NOTICE

Local Authority

Not Convicted

2

    No Further Action

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S25(7) FAIL COMPLY CARE NOTICE Total

 

 

3

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S29(1)(A)(B) ABANDON ANIMAL

SSPCA

Convicted

3

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S29(1)(A)(B) ABANDON ANIMAL Total

 

 

3

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S29(2) UNATTENDED ANIMAL

Police

No Further Action

1

  SSPCA

Convicted

2

    Not Convicted

1

    Ongoing

1

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S29(2) UNATTENDED ANIMAL Total

 

 

5

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S40(11) BREACH DISQUALIF ORDER

Police

Convicted

1

    Not Convicted

2

ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE 2006 S40(11) BREACH DISQUALIF ORDER Total

 

 

3

Charges reported to COPFS 2012-2016 under Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

             
Charges Prosecuted with Outcomes

             
               
 

 

 

 

Financial Year Reported

 

Charge Description

Reporting Agency

Outcome

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Total

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S5(1)(A) SET TRAP/SNARE/ETC TO INJ

Police

Convicted

  1

    1

    No Further Action

      1

1

  SSPCA

No Further Action

1

      1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S5(1)(A) SET TRAP/SNARE/ETC TO INJ Total

 

 

1

1

 

1

3

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S5(1)(B) HOOK/TRAP/ETC CATCH BIRD

Police

Convicted

1

  1

  2

    Not Convicted

    1

  1

  SSPCA

Not Convicted

3

      3

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S5(1)(B) HOOK/TRAP/ETC CATCH BIRD Total

 

 

4

 

2

 

6

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S5(1)(B) USE HOOK/TRAP/ETC TO INJ

Police

No Further Action

1

      1

  SSPCA

No Further Action

1

      1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S5(1)(B) USE HOOK/TRAP/ETC TO INJ Total

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S9(1) KILL/INJURE/TAKE A WILD ANIM

SSPCA

No Further Action

  1

    1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S9(1) KILL/INJURE/TAKE A WILD ANIM Total

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S9(4A) DISTURB/HARASS ANIMAL

Police

No Further Action

1

      1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S9(4A) DISTURB/HARASS ANIMAL Total

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S10A PROTECTION OF WILD HARES

Police

Convicted

  1

    1

    Not Convicted

5

1

1

  7

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S10A PROTECTION OF WILD HARES Total

 

 

5

2

1

 

8

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(1)(A) USE SELF LOCK SNARE

Police

Not Convicted

    1

1

2

  SSPCA

Convicted

    1

  1

  SSPCA

Not Convicted

4

      4

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(1)(A)USE SELF LOCK SNARE Total

 

 

4

 

2

1

7

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(1)(AA) SNARE DRAGGING

Police

Convicted

    1

  1

    Not Convicted

  1

    1

  SSPCA

Convicted

1

      1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(1)(AA) SNARE DRAGGING Total

 

 

1

1

1

 

3

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(1)(AA) SNARE SUFFERING

Police

Convicted

1

  1

1

3

    Not Convicted

    2

  2

  SSPCA

Convicted

2

      2

    Not Convicted

5

      5

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(1)(AA) SNARE SUFFERING Total

 

 

8

 

3

1

12

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(2)(A) SET TRAP/ETC CAUSE INJ

Police

Convicted

  1

    1

    Not Convicted

  2

1

  3

  SSPCA

Convicted

    1

  1

    Not Convicted

    1

  1

    No Further Action

1

      1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(2)(A) SET TRAP/ETC CAUSE INJ Total

 

 

1

3

3

 

7

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(2)(A)&(F) C/P SET TRAP ETC

Police

Not Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(2)(A)&(F) C/P SET TRAP ETC Total

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(2)(B) SET TRAP/ETC KILL/TAKE

Police

Not Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(2)(B) SET TRAP/ETC KILL/TAKE Total

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(3D)(B)

Police

Convicted

1

      1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11(3D)(B) Total

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(1)&(5) SET SNARE NO ID NUMBER

Police

Convicted

  1

1

  2

    Not Convicted

      1

1

  SSPCA

Convicted

    2

  2

    Not Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(1)&(5) SET SNARE NO ID NUMBER Total

 

 

 

1

4

1

6

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(2)&(6) SET/ USE SNARE

SSPCA

Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(2)&(6) SET/ USE SNARE Total

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(2)(A)&(6) SNARE ID REMOVED

Police

Not Convicted

      1

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(2)(A)&(6) SNARE ID REMOVED Total

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(2)(B)&(6) SNARE ID UNREADABLE

Police

Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11A(2)(B)&(6) SNARE ID UNREADABLE Total

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(1)&(3)(A) FAIL INSP SET SNARE

SSPCA

Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(1)&(3)(A) FAIL INSP SET SNARE Total

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(1)&(3)(A) FAIL INSPECT SNARE

Police

Convicted

      1

1

    Not Convicted

  1

    1

  SSPCA

Not Convicted

    1

  1

    No Further Action

    2

  2

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(1)&(3)(A) FAIL INSPECT SNARE Total

 

 

 

1

3

1

5

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(2)(A)&(3)(B) FAIL TO RELEASE

Police

Convicted

  1

    1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(2)(A)&(3)(B) FAIL TO RELEASE Total

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(2)(B)&(3)(B) FAIL REMOVE

Police

Not Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11B(2)(B)&(3)(B) FAIL REMOVE Total

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11C(B) SET SNARE NO PERMISSION

Police

Convicted

      1

1

    Not Convicted

      1

1

  SSPCA

Convicted

    1

  1

    Not Convicted

    1

  1

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11C(B) SET SNARE NO PERMISSION Total

 

 

 

 

2

2

4

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11E(3) FAIL KEEP RECORD SNARE

Police

Convicted

      1

1

  SSPCA

No Further Action

    2

  2

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11E(3) FAIL KEEP RECORD SNARE Total

 

 

 

 

2

1

3

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11G(1) KIL/INJ/TKE WILD ANI

Police

Convicted

  1

    1

    Not Convicted

2

4

    6

WILDLIFE COUNTRYSIDE 1981 S11G(1) KIL/INJ/TKE WILD ANI Total

 

 

2

5

 

 

7