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Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 124352, tabled on 2 December 2020

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.

Answered on

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:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/938554/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2019.xlsx

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.

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