Protection of Badgers Act 1992

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many people were prosecuted under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in each of the last five years; and how many of these people received a custodial sentence;

(2) how many people were prosecuted for dog fighting in each of the last five years; and how many of these people received a custodial sentence;

(3) how many people were prosecuted for possessing a dangerous dog in each of the last five years; and how many of these people received a custodial sentence.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for offences under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, offences of animal fighting and possessing a dangerous dog, in England and Wales from 2007 to 2011, can be viewed in the table.

From data held centrally on the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database it is not possible to identify the type of animal involved in offences of animal fighting.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court and sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for selected offences, England and Wales, 2007-11(1,2)
  2007 2008(3) 2009 2010 2011
Statute and offence Proceeded against Immediate custody Proceeded against Immediate custody Proceeded against Immediate custody Proceeded against Immediate custody Proceeded against Immediate custody
Protection of Badgers Act 1992 30 1 37 2 50 10 50 13 58 8
Animal Welfare Act 2006—Animal fighting 5 2 16 5 3 1 16 5
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991—Possessing a dangerous dog 16 2 21 1 28 1 47 38
(1) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (3) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

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