Poaching: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Attorney General, for what reason a record of the species involved is not collated when recording prosecutions of poaching offences.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

Offences of poaching are usually charged under one of the following:

There is no requirement to specify in an offence which type of animal the defendant was seeking to take or had taken, and in many cases it is not specified.

Therefore, the CPS is not able to keep any records of which species are involved in its prosecutions for poaching.

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