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Consultation on Wildlife Crime Investigative Powers for Inspectors in the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Consultation on Wildlife Crime Investigative Powers for Inspectors in the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Monday, March 31, 2014

ISBN: 9781784123734

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on an extension of the powers available to Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) Inspectors, relating to wildlife crime investigations.

Executive Summary

It is widely accepted that wildlife crime is difficult to detect and investigate and that this leads to difficulties in mounting prosecutions and convicting those responsible. These crimes often occur in remote locations where there are few or no witnesses.

During the passage of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (WANE) Bill, the Scottish Parliament debated an extension of powers for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) that would allow them to investigate a greater number of suspected wildlife crimes.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on an extension of powers for SSPCA inspectors. We would like to gather views on the advantages and disadvantages of making the changes outlined in section 4 of the consultation paper.

Please send responses using the supplied template (see associated downloadable documents) by email to sspcaconsultation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to the address supplied in Annex A of the consultation paper.