Date lodged: 25 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reviewing the penalties for offences committed under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, including extending the term limits of bans on owning animals.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 3 February 2017
The Scottish Ministers announced, on 4 October 2016, that it would undertake a full review of penalties under existing animal health and welfare legislation. Initial communication has taken place with key stakeholders and enforcement agencies with a view to consulting in due course on proposed amendments to aid deterrence of offences, and to provide for better enforcement and prosecution of any offences committed.
Scottish Courts are empowered, under Section 40 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, to disqualify a convicted person from being in possession of an animal for any time period that the Court determines.