Animal abuse cases in Scotland: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. The number of cases of animal abuse reported every year in Scotland (specifically Fife) and the percentage of repeat offenders.

2. How to get in contact with offenders, courts or prisons so as to offer this service.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested.

Whilst there is no specific crime of “animal abuse”, the Scottish Government does hold data on fifteen separate crimes or offences that include at least a component that could be considered abuse of a (non-human) animal. The information we hold comes from Recorded Crime in Scotland National Statistics. The accompanying spreadsheet provides a count for each of the fifteen crimes and offences identified in each of the last ten years.

We do not hold information on reoffenders and their contact details. The data we receive from Police Scotland for the production of the National Statistics on Recorded Crime is a simple count of the number of crimes and offences, for each local authority, which the police have recorded. This means that we do not have any specific information as to the nature of any individual crime or offence. For example. this means that we are unable to say whether any crime or offence recorded by the police involved a repeat offender.

We are able to provide contact details for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service ( and the Scottish Prison Service (

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI - 202200271063 - Information Released - Annex


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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