Wednesday, 24 February 2016

NEW PENALTIES FOR WILDLIFE CRIME OFFENCES

New penalties for wildlife crime offences were announced today by Scottish Government following the review by Prof Mark Poustie.
Details can be found on the PAW Scotland website, here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/Wildlife-Habitats/paw-scotland/news#penaltiesresponse

In response, Scottish Gamekeepers Association Chairman Alex Hogg said: "As a PAW Scotland partner, the SGA has a consistent policy on wildlife crime and will not condone such acts. We have done a lot of work in this area with Scottish Government and members convicted of wildlife crimes are dealt with accordingly.
Scotland has a robust system of deterrents in place with these changes. Where we would also like to see progress is people having equal access to legal mechanisms which can help them deal with species conflicts in a transparent way, thus helping prevent wildlife crime from happening.”