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Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group

The Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group was created as part of a package of new measures to combat wildlife crime announced by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, in July 2013. The group's remit was:

"To examine and report on how wildlife crime in Scotland is dealt with by the criminal courts, with particular reference to the range of penalties available and whether these are sufficient for the purposes of deterrence and whether they are commensurate with the damage to ecosystems that may be caused by wildlife crime.

"To make recommendations on possible alternative ways of dealing with wildlife crime in the courts."

The review group was not an official PAW Scotland sub-group, but liaised with existing groups to keep partners informed of progress.

The Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group Report was published on 19 November 2015.

A response to the group's recommendations, from Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod, was issued on 24 February 2016.

MembersProfessor Mark Poustie, University of Strathclyde

Chair - Professor Mark Poustie - University of Strathclyde

Professor Poustie, a qualified lawyer, has worked at the University of Strathclyde Law School since 1992. He has extensive experience teaching and researching in the environmental and land use planning law fields and has taught in these fields and more broadly at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He is currently Scottish Editor of the Environmental Law Reports (Sweet and Maxwell, 1999 - present) a member of the editorial board of the Edinburgh Law Review.  Professor Poustie has also served in an advisory capacity to governmental bodies, notably as a member of the Sustainable Development Research Network Expert Advisory Group on Environmental and Social Justice (2004-5).

Professor Poustie has conducted research funded by the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency into the extent to which environmental law frameworks can promote environmental justice which led to the issuing of new statutory guidance by the Scottish Ministers to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in 2004. He has published many books and articles in the area.

  • Detective Chief Superintendent Robbie Allan - Police Scotland
  • Hugh Campbell Adamson - Stracathro Estates
  • Hugh Dignon - Scottish Government
  • Jeremy Greenwood CBE - Former Director of British Trust for Ornithology
  • Sara Shaw - Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Environment Minister's response to penalties review recommendations

Downloadable document:

Title:Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group
Description:Examining whether or not the penalties for wildlife crime offences in Scotland are a sufficient deterent.
File:Environment Minister's response to penalties review recommendations [PDF, 1162.5 kb: 24 Feb 2016]
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Minutes of meetings

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Title:Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group
Description:Examining whether or not the penalties for wildlife crime offences in Scotland are a sufficient deterent.
File:Meeting 1 - 18 March 2014 - Minutes [PDF, 171.3 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 2 - 11 June 2014 - Minutes [PDF, 170.1 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 3 - 4 September 2014 - Minutes [PDF, 227.0 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 4 - 24 October 2014 - Minutes [PDF, 167.0 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 5 - 22 January 2015 - Minutes [PDF, 164.4 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 6 - 21 May 2015 - List of Actions [PDF, 129.2 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 7 - 3 June 2015 - List of Actions [PDF, 137.7 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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File:Meeting 8 - 1 July 2015 - List of Actions [PDF, 141.7 kb: 18 Nov 2015]
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Penalties Review Questionnaire

Downloadable document:

Title:Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group
Description:Examining whether or not the penalties for wildlife crime offences in Scotland are a sufficient deterent.
File:Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Questionnaire [DOCX, 74.3 kb: 31 Oct 2014]
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