The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in Parliament on 30 September.

The Bill provides further protections to animals and wildlife in Scotland.  It amends the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, several pieces of wildlife legislation and the Animal Health Act 1981 to address concerns about current penalties, enforcement powers and the way this legislation operates in practice. The Bill does not create any new offences.

Find out more in the links below:

What the Bill does
What is not in the Bill
How the Committee is considering the Bill
Timetable for considering the Bill


The Committee issued a call for evidence on 10 October 2019. The closing date for submissions is 12 November 2019.

Read the call for views and submit your evidence here.


The Minister wrote to the Committee with regards to the Fixed Penalty Notices consultation which was published on 5 December 2019. Read the letter:

Following the introduction of the Bill, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment wrote to the Committee with information on the Bill and the wider programme of animal welfare and wildlife commitments. Read the letter:

Ahead of the evidence session with the Scottish Government Bill Team, the Convener wrote to the Minister for clarification and further information on a number of points. Read the letter and the response:

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