Poaching

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of poaching of animals there have been in the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra does not hold this information. However, partly in response to intelligence reports of poaching received by the National Wildlife Crime Unit through police forces, poaching is one of the UK wildlife crime priorities. If Defra received reports of poaching, either the information would be passed to the police, or the person reporting the activity would be advised to contact the police.

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