Wildlife Crime

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of Elaine Murray Elaine Murray Labour

Question S3O-9994

To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle wildlife crime.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

In April 2008 HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland and the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland published a report of their thematic review into wildlife crime arrangements.

The recommendations of that report - Natural Justice - focussed on partnership working and we have followed those through by strengthening and re-structuring the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime to improve its effectiveness. We have also established a fund aimed at supporting innovations in combating wildlife crime as well as taking action to reduce the single farm payments made to five claimants in cases connected with poisoned birds.

I am also pleased to bring to your attention that the Crown Office recently appointed Alex Prentice QC to act as Crown Council for Wildlife Crime – a further show of commitment to the subject, following the establishment of a network of Specialist Wildlife Fiscals throughout Scotland.

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