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Animal Welfare

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of offences in each police force area under each relevant section of (A) the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, (B) the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, (C) the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, (D) the Pet Animals Act 1951, (E) the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 and (F) the Deer Act 1991 in each year since 1997. (212358)

I am placing in the House Library the information requested, for the period 1997 to 2006, on the number of males and females in each age group proceeded against and found guilty of offences in each police force area under each relevant section of the following Acts;

The Protection of Badgers Act 1992, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Pet Animals Act 1951, the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 and the Deer Act 1991.

Information on the number of prosecutions under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 is not identified separately by the Ministry of Justice.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.