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Police To Get Tough On Wildlife Crime In Scotland

A new campaign aimed at addressing the problem of wildlife crime in Scotland has been launched by Police Scotland.

Wildlife Crime, which is defined as ‘any act that is made illegal in Scotland under legislation with regard to certain birds, animals and plants including their habitats, both on land and at sea’, includes badgers persecution, badger persecution, poisoning birds of prey, poaching and trading certain endangered species.

It is hoped the campaign, will run for the rest of 2015 on websites, posters newspapers and social media channels, will educate the public and encourage same to report such activities if witnessed.

There were approximately 250 wildlife crimes recorded by Police Scotland between April 2014 and February 2015, which is a small increase when compared the previous year.

Commenting on the campaign, Assistant Chief Constable, Malcolm Graham stated:

“Tackling wildlife crime is not just about law enforcement it is about working with partners and the public to raise awareness and to prevent it happening. By the time we are involved it is too late, that creature is lost and our landscape is poorer for the loss.

“We are committed to investigating wildlife crime. Our detection rate is increasing but investigations into wildlife crime can be difficult and prolonged and the areas covered can be vast and remote.

“Our new campaign calls on the public to help us put an end to wildlife crime, to keep their eyes open and reporting suspicious activity and by working together, protecting Scotland’s wildlife heritage.”

Similarly, Dr Aileen McLeod, who is the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Management, commented:

“In Scotland we have long recognised the value of our wildlife and the importance of protecting it. Today sees the launch of this important campaign by Police Scotland which will play a key role in raising awareness about wildlife crime and what people should do if they encounter it.”

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