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S5W-16440: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-12478, S5W-15636 and S5W-16135 by Roseanna Cunningham on 10 November 2017, 26 March 2018 and 4 May 2018 respectively, whether it has completed its discussions with animal welfare groups and local authorities regarding increasing the penalties for animal cruelty offences and other potential amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and, if not, by what date it expects to do so; by what date it expects the most suitable legislative vehicle to take this forward will be identified, and whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding by what date the legislation will be brought forward and, if this information is not available, whether it can confirm that it will be brought forward before the end of the parliamentary session.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 16 May 2018

The Scottish Government has regular contact with its major animal welfare stakeholders. Scottish Government officials have discussed, and corresponded on, an increase to the penalties for animal cruelty offences with a number of animal welfare organisations, including the Scottish SPCA, and a number of representatives from Scottish local authorities. Officials last met representatives of the Scottish local authorities and SPCA on 3 May 2018 to discuss this topic.

The Scottish Parliament was informed, in response to S5W-16095 on 1 May 2018, the Scottish Government will introduce the legislation when the most suitable legislative vehicle has been identified and it will come into force on approval by the Scottish Parliament.

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