Environmental and wildlife crime sentencing guideline
Sentencing environmental and wildlife offences can be difficult. For example, the harm and culpability involved in these types of offences may be quite different from the majority of criminal offences; there may be a public policy aspect to some cases, where the harm or the risk of harm is to the public at large rather than to an identifiable victim. In addition, the offender may be a company rather than an individual.
We believe that a guideline addressing environmental and wildlife offences would be of public benefit, these being matters of particular significance to Scottish communities and indeed the Scottish economy.
The Scottish Government has indicated that it will take forward recommendations in the report of the Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group to increase penalties for wildlife crime, which may have implications for that aspect of the guideline.