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Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006: analysis of consultation responses

Published: 17 Jul 2019

Summary of responses to our consultation on proposals to increase maximum penalties, speed up process for making permanent arrangements for seized animals and giving power for fixed penalty notices.

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Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006: analysis of consultation responses
Section 3: Next Steps

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Section 3: Next Steps

The Scottish Government is very grateful to all those who took the time to respond to this consultation. Overall the responses were positive about;

  • Strengthening the maximum penalties for the most serious animal welfare offences.
  • Eliminating the upper limit on fines in relation to unnecessary suffering or animal fighting offences.
  • Strengthened legislation in regard to attacks on service animals.
  • Eliminating the statutory time limit for prosecuting unnecessary suffering or animal fighting offences.
  • The introduction of FPNs.
  • Speeding up the process of making permanent arrangement for at risk animals taken into possession (and that this should apply to all animals, not just commercial animals) and that 3 weeks is a reasonable period before seized animals can be permanently rehomed.

Future legislation will take into account the views expressed in the consultation.


Contact

Email: Phil.Burns@gov.scot