Wildlife crime penalties: consultation

We are seeking views on strengthening wildlife legislation by increasing the maximum available penalties.


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2  Daniel B. Hayhow, Stuart Benn, Andrew Stevenson, Patrick K. Stirling-Aird & Mark A. Eaton (2017) Status of Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos in Britain in 2015, Bird Study, 64:3, 281-294

3  Fielding, A., Haworth, P., Whitfield, P., McLeod, D. & Riley, H., (2011), A Conservation Framework for Hen Harriers in the United Kingdom, JNCC Report 441

4  According to the Bank of England inflation calculator

5  Section 136 (time limit for certain offences) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 provides that proceedings in respect of any offence triable only using summary procedure and consisting of the contravention of any enactment must be commenced within six months after the contravention occurred (or, in the case of a continuous contravention, within six months after the last date of such contravention) unless the enactment fixes a different time limit.


Email: wildlifepenaltiesconsultation2019@gov.scot

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