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Wildlife Crime

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many offences under Part 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (a) were reported to the prosecuting authorities, (b) were prosecuted and (c) resulted in convictions in each of the last five years. (89364)

DEFRA does not keep a record of the number of offences committed under Part 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Depending on the offence, any actions which may result in a prosecution are passed to the local police force, local authority, or non-government bodies such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, for them to investigate in their role as investigating authorities.