Date lodged: 9 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether publishing details of investigations by charities into potential criminal activity in animal welfare cases would be in the public interest, and what discussions it has had on ensuring public access to such information.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 21 November 2017
The Scottish Government has no position on those investigating actual or potential animal welfare crime publishing information of these activities, other than to advise them strongly to remain within the applicable law, notably the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Such organisations may publish information as they see fit, although they are unlikely to do so if this will prejudice investigations or potential prosecutions. Organisations whose investigations have resulted in a successful prosecution often publicise the decision of the Courts.