The following definition was agreed by PAW Scotland and is intended to provide a reference for partners. The list provided is not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide a guide.
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Wildlife crime is any unlawful act or omission, which affects any wild creature, plant or habitat, in Scotland.
Including acts as described in:
- Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948
- Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
- Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994
- Deer (Scotland) Act 1996
- Game (Scotland) Act 1832 (and others)
- Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 *
- Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004
- Possession of Pesticides (Scotland) Order 2005
- Protection of Badgers Act 1992
- Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002
- Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation)(Scotland) Act 2003 (and others)
- Spring Traps Approvals Orders
- Wild Mammals (Protection), Act 1996
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
* This replaces the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, for the purposes of this list.