The government is considering that people could be sentenced up to a year in prison, if they are caught damaging, or killing wildlife, or, and, that those who commit wildlife crimes will have to pay a £40,000 fine, for committing the offence. This is a good move to protect wildlife against harm.
You can see a full list of the proposed legislation on the Scottish governments website. Here is the link: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/11/2196/0
1. Serious wildlife offences; 12 months in prison, and £40,000 fine.
2. Maximum jail term 5 years.
3. If a gun was used, the gun certificate/ownership will be stripped away.
4. Those who commit wildlife crimes will be forced to take empathy courses.
The law would be a very could move to stop wildlife prosecution; though, it doesn't go far enough. This is because many crimes against wildlife are 'legal', such as:
. Snaring wild animals
. Foxes are allowed to be ''flushed out'' (i.e. killed, and ripped apart by two dogs, in certain circumstances)
. It doesn't off wild animals the protection from developers. More and more of the greenbelt, and countryside is being
built on; which is seeing a dramatic decline in wild animals, and wild habitats.
. The law doesn't ban shooting. Or the breeding of birds specifically for shooting.
These are just a few of the things which are harming wild animals (and wild spaces) which are missing from the proposals. If we want to protect wildlife, then the law has to become consistent, and protect wildlife entirely.