Tortoises: Sales

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in the last three calendar years the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was notified of the sale of tortoises without correctly completed Article 10 transaction certificates; and how many of those reports (a) were investigated and (b) resulted in (i) prosecution and (ii) another legal remedy.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The information requested is set out in the table below.

Year

Sale of tortoises without correctly completed Article 10 transaction certificates

2015

13

2016

21

2017

23

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) refer all investigations to the National Wildlife Crime Unit or the local Police Force to take forward. APHA are not provided with updates on cases and therefore do not hold records of how many were investigated, prosecuted or had other legal remedies.

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