Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government response, which has been published today, to the recommendations of the wildlife crime penalties review group.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s considered response to the review by Professor Mark Poustie.
“It is right to bring up to date the maximum penalties available to judges for certain wildlife crime offences, and to take forward other measures such as a more systematic use of impact statements and alternative penalties appropriate to the crime. Wildlife crime can take many different forms. We note these changes to penalties come against the backdrop of a decline in wildlife crime generally and hope these measures will help that trend to continue.”
To read the Scottish Government news release, visit http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Tackling-wildlife-crime-22ed.aspx