Wildlife Crime

The Wildlife Crime Group is concerned with wildlife crime by badger baiters, or by farmers, foresters and developers and the under-reported nature of wildlife crime.

The Wildlife Crime group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.

Convener

Elisabeth Ferrell

Interm Convener (February-August 2021)

Logan Steele

Vice-convener

Ian Thomson

Staff liaison

Dilraj Sokhi Watson

The group commissioned two reports in 2014 Natural Injustice 1 and Natural Injustice 2 and  continues to pursue the recommendations within these.

Latest News

Safeguarding Scotland’s Wild Mammals

29 Jul 2020

In June, the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament. Environment LINK welcomed the Bill and the amendments which ranged from increasing penalties for serious animal and wildlife crimes to offering new and increased protections to animals and wildlife in Scotland.   One key amendment which passed […]

Species Champions stand up for wildlife in Animals & Wildlife Bill debate

01 Jul 2020

In June, the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament. The bill will increase the maximum penalty for the most serious animal and wildlife crimes to five years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine and was supported by LINK members. We were delighted to see a number of […]

Reflections on the Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Animals and Wildlife Bill

26 Mar 2020

In 2019, the First Minister declared a climate emergency and linked it to the ongoing nature crisis. Nature needs to be given the best possible fighting chance, including protection of animals. The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, which is currently progressing through the parliament aims to strengthen animal cruelty penalties and […]

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