Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (375)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

375. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of prosecutions relating to wildlife crimes under the Wildlife Acts 1976 to 2012 and the European Communities Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations 2011 from January 2014 to May 2020, inclusive, in tabular form. [15895/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

The number of successful prosecution cases taken by my Department in the period 2014 to date in 2020 under the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 to 2015 is set out in tabular form below. These prosecutions cover various types of offences ranging from the persecution of badgers, illegal hunting of deer species, illegal hunting of hares with packs of dogs generally known as lurchers, poisoning of raptor species and the illegal cutting of hedges and clearance of vegetation.

Year

Number of successful prosecution cases

2014

5

2015

13

2016

11

2017

8

2018

8

2019

21

2020

12 to date

Question No. 376 answered with Question No. 358.