To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have been made under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act each year since 2015.
7 December 2020
The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions and convictions made under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in England and Wales, up to December 2019 in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code’ data tool, available here:
Offences contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act include:
- Causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
- Aiding and abetting the causing of unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
- Responsible person failing to prevent the causing of unnecessary suffering to an animal
These are collectively housed under the Home Office offence code 108/29. In the data tool above, enter ‘10829’ into the ‘Offence code’ filter in order to see prosecutions under this offence, in Row 31, each year since 2013.