PE01705: Wildlife crime - penalties and investigation

Rural Affairs

Petitioner: Alex Milne


Date Lodged: 26 September 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review legislation relating to the investigation of and penalties applicable to wildlife crime in Scotland.

Petition History:

This petition has now been referred to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. You can view any further updates on this petition on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee's webpage


25 October 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, and also seek the views of other stakeholders. It also agreed to flag the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee in advance of its scrutiny of the Wildlife Crime in Scotland (Annual Report 2017). Link to the Official Report 25 October 2018

4 April 2019: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee for its consideration as part of its ongoing work in relation to wildlife crime, and for any potential scrutiny of relevant legislation in this session. Link to Official Report 4 April 2019

Written submissions

Do you agree that some wildlife crime penalties should be increased to 3 years or more to allow police to set covert video cameras if a crime is reported?

Do you agree that if crimes against wildlife are detected by video cameras, whether by accident or design, then the cases should be determined in court?

What do you think would be the pros and cons of these suggested measures?

Land ownership has become to closely associated with freedom to persecute increasingly rare wildlife with no meaningful public sanction. This must change in short order.

John Taylor

5:12 on 25 Sep 2018

We need to protect the deminishing wildlife we have left. Those who do not respect our wildlife need to be accountable in a way that they take warning.

Debbie Riley

10:38 on 23 Sep 2018

It's time that murders of animals are treated like murders of humans.

Glen Borrill

3:58 on 23 Sep 2018

Prosecute the persecutors

Judith Jones

22:50 on 22 Sep 2018

All those who try to destroy the woodlands should be jailed for more than three years.

Agnes Whiting.

21:05 on 22 Sep 2018

Those involved in Field Sports that claim they detest wildlife crime are perfectly free to sign as well - how many have done so?

Les Wallace

11:31 on 22 Sep 2018

Not allowing covert video is ludicrous. No-one would commit a crime if they knew a camera was recording it, they'd just wait or commit the crime elsewhere.

Patricia Scales

11:14 on 22 Sep 2018

The fact that an individual can be photographed committing a crime and this evidence cannot be used in court because the beneficiary of the crime must consent to its use is ridiculous and must be terminated.

George Murdoch

11:01 on 22 Sep 2018

If someone commits a crime they must be punished for kill wild animals for gain is a crime against GOD

jonathan david Grant

10:44 on 22 Sep 2018

I have car stickers. Love Scotland. Stop killing the wildlife !

dee donworth

10:39 on 22 Sep 2018

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