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Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for animal cruelty were brought in (a) Lancashire and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years. (158712)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of animal cruelty in Lancashire, and England and Wales from 2001 to 2005 are shown in the following table. Data for 2006 will be available in November 2007. Charging statistics are not held by my Department.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court for offences relating to cruelty to animals, in England and Wales and Lancashire police force area for the years 2001 to 20051, 2, 3

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Lancashire

46

51

39

32

43

England and Wales

1,121

1,145

1,106

1,117

1,227

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 Source: Court proceedings database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Source:

RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice.