Use of Fixed Penalty Notices for wildlife offences in Scotland: consultation analysis

Report analysing responses to the 2019 to 2020 targeted stakeholder consultation on the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for wildlife offences.


The aim of this report is to summarise the responses to the Scottish Government’s targeted stakeholder consultation on Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for wildlife offences, which ran from 5 December 2019 to 19 January 2020.

In the consultation the Scottish Government sought to explore views on amending Scottish wildlife legislation to give Police Scotland the power to issue FPNs for wildlife offences which attract a maximum term (or less) of imprisonment of six months or a fine not exceeding level five (presently £5,000) on the standard scale or both.

A total of seven responses were received, two individual responses, and five from organisations (listed below):

  • Law Society of Scotland
  • OneKind
  • Scottish Association for Country Sports (SACS)
  • Scottish Land and Estates (SLE)
  • Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)



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