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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09448: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many reports of animal abuse have been investigated by the procurator fiscal service in each year since 1999, and how many subsequent (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 8 June 2017

The available information is provided in the following tables. Crime groups covered in this category are: Cruelty to animals (excluding dogs) including killing and maiming cattle; Cruelty to dogs; Cruelty to Wild Animals.

Animal Cruelty Charges   reported to COPFS¹, 2002-03 to 2016-17²                  

2002-03 - 203

2003-04 - 216

2004-05 - 228 

2005-06 - 231

2006-07 - 389

2007-08 - 300

2008-09 - 414

2009-10 - 338

2010-11 - 357

2011-12 - 348

2012-13 - 404

2013-14 - 397

2014-15 - 346

2015-16 - 320

2016-17 - 266 

1 - data provided by the COPFS. 2 - data prior to 2002-03 is incomplete.