36 Crime Criminal Updates – The 36 Group

‘We are grateful to the contributors to this Newsletter. Sam Skinner’s case note on the recent decision in R -v- Brecani addresses the consequence of this important shift away from accepting as expert evidence the conclusive decisions made by civil servants within the Home Office on referrals for human trafficking and modern slavery. Kate Kelleher provides a timely reminder that the provisions of the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 is in force from 29th June 2021 and provides a commentary on the most notable recent developments in the prosecutions of animal welfare offences. In April and May Catherine Rose and Tom Parker ran a 2-part webinar session on Open-Source Evidence with contributions from a panel of leading experts from the US and UK. Their article is just a taster of the material covered in greater depth in the sessions. A timely warning to apply the basic critical analysis we use in relation to evidence from many scientific fields to all such evidence before relying on it at face value. Mary Prior Q.C. has provided a comprehensive round up in the Crime Bulletin of all the recent decisions of importance in a broad spectrum of procedural and offence-based areas.’

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The 36 Group, 28th June 2021

Source: 36group.co.uk

Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2021 in animal cruelty, animals, bills, government departments, news by sally

‘Animals are to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law for the first time, in a victory for animal welfare campaigners, as the government set out a suite of animal welfare measures including halting most live animal exports and banning the import of hunting trophies.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts – Home Office

Posted May 10th, 2021 in animals, crime prevention, government departments, press releases, theft by tracey

‘Taskforce will investigate and draw up action to tackle these crimes.’

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Home Office, 8th May 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2021 c. 24 – Fire Safety Act 2021

2021 c. 21 – Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021

2021 c. 20 – Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021

2021 c. 19 – Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021

2021 c. 18 – Prisons (Substance Testing) Act 2021

2021 c. 16 – Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021

2021 c. 15 – British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Act 2021

2021 c. 13 – Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Act 2021

2021 c. 12 – Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021

2021 c. 10 – Trade Act 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

HS2: Judge orders pause on tree felling at wood that inspired Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – The Independent

‘A High Court judge has ordered HS2 to stop felling trees at a wood that inspired Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox, ahead of a hearing into whether the government licences were issued legitimately.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

What is the true value of a companion animal? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 7th, 2021 in animals, appeals, consumer protection, damages, disclosure, dogs, news, sale of goods by sally

‘As we all know, the acquisition of puppies during lockdown has gone through the roof with the inevitable sad consequences of remorse followed by neglect and even abandonment. Dog theft has spiralled as the market responds by escalating the price of pedigree puppies.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th April 2021

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

RSPCA plans to stop taking animal abusers to court privately – The Guardian

‘For nearly two centuries, the RSPCA has pursued private prosecutions against people it suspects of cruelty to animals. Now, under pressure from MPs, it has said it plans to end that practice and turn over its files to the Crown Prosecution Service instead.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Gene editing of crops and livestock may soon be permitted in England – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2021 in agriculture, animals, consultations, EC law, food, news by tracey

‘Gene editing of crops and livestock may soon be permitted in England for the first time under a consultation launched by the government on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Construction company hit by £600,000 fine over damage to bat breeding site – Local Government Lawyer

‘A major house builder has been ordered to pay what is understood to be the largest fine ever issued by a court in relation to a wildlife crime. On 8 December at Woolwich Crown Court, Bellway Homes pleaded guilty to the offence between 17 March 2018 and 17 August 2018 of damaging or destroying a breeding site or resting place for bats.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th December 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Government plans ban on controversial live animal exports – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2020 in animals, brexit, consultations, EC law, news, slaughter by tracey

‘The government has said it is planning to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening, as it seeks to “strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader on animal welfare”.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2020

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex-zoo worker jailed over penguins and rare birds theft – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2020 in animals, burglary, imprisonment, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A man who stole penguins and rare birds from a zoo has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Marian Clode: Woman’s cattle death ruled accidental – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2020 in accidents, animals, inquests, news by sally

‘A woman died after a cow charged at her and flipped her over a fence, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New Judgment: R (on the application of Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd) v Crown Prosecution Service [2020] UKSC 39 – UKSC Blog

Posted October 20th, 2020 in animal cruelty, animals, appeals, birds, EC law, news, regulations, slaughter, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed this appeal addressing whether proof of an offence contrary to Regulation 30(1)(g) of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015, brought against a business operator as defined in Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, requires proof of mens rea and/or some culpable act or omission on the part of the business operator.’

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UKSC Blog, 16th October 2020

Source: ukscblog.com

HS2 may be guilty of ‘wildlife crime’ by felling trees illegally, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news, railways, transport, trees, trespass by sally

‘Lawyers have warned HS2 it might be felling trees illegally, after an ecology report found evidence of one of the UK’s rarest bat species in an area of ancient woodland being cleared for the high-speed rail line.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

EP 127: Reintroduction Part 2 – Bats and Beavers – Law Pod UK

Posted October 9th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news, podcasts by sally

‘This is the second instalment of our collaboration with the Environmental Law Foundation, who are acting for acting for local residents in the Forest of Dean on a translocation of pine martens from Scotland. We discuss bats, other protected species and relative success of the introduction of beavers to the British Isles.’

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Law Pod UK, 5th October 2020

Source: audioboom.com

EP 126: The Birds and the Bees – Law Pod UK

Posted September 29th, 2020 in animals, birds, environmental protection, news, podcasts by sally

‘Rosalind English gathers a panel of experts together to discuss the thorny issue of reintroduction of endangered species. This episode is part of a two part series on the subject, organised by the Environmental Law Foundation that promotes access to justice in matters of environmental law.’

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Law Pod UK, 29th September 2020

Source: audioboom.com

Taxidermist jailed for trading in endangered species – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 2nd, 2020 in animals, imprisonment, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A 29-year-old man has been jailed for 56 weeks for trading in endangered species.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th August 2020

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

RSPCA calls for more regulation in pet industry – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2020 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, dogs, news by sally

‘Not all local authorities require dog walkers, trainers and groomers to have qualifications and licences to operate, say the RSPCA, and this can lead to some animals being put at risk.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Beaver families win legal ‘right to remain’ – BBC News

Posted August 6th, 2020 in animals, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Fifteen families of beavers have been given the permanent “right to remain” on the River Otter in East Devon.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government rejects calls to make ‘spiralling’ pet theft a crime – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2020 in animals, coronavirus, criminal justice, news, theft by sally

‘Calls to make pet theft a specific criminal offence have been rejected by ministers, who say it is covered by existing laws.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk