Change the law to increase sentencing for Hare coursing and poaching.

Hare/deer coursing/ poaching is illegal. At present the punishment is not fit for purpose. Repeat offenders are not deterred with the small fines handed out. Increased fines and custodial sentences are required.

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Status: Open
Opened: 3 Dec 2020, 3:17 p.m.
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Recent Documents related to Change the law to increase sentencing for Hare coursing and poaching.

1. Wildlife crime
19/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 2019/0070, 18 March 2019 1. Background 1.1 Wildlife law The National Wildlife Crime Unit defines wildlife

2. A Smarter Approach to Sentencing
16/09/2020 - Ministry of Justice
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3. Annex C: Enhancing the Occupational Pension Schemes’ Sanctions Regime (PDF)
15/01/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: the offences listed are already in law and we intend only to change the fining power applicable, i.e.

4. Annex C: Enhancing the Occupational Pension Schemes’ Sanctions Regime (PDF)
15/10/2019 - Bill Documents

Found: the offences listed are already in law and we intend only to change the fining power applicable, i.e.

5. UK aid to crack down on criminal gangs driving the illegal wildlife trade
10/10/2018 - Department for International Development
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Found: aid to crack down on criminal gangs driving the illegal wildlife trade - GOV.UK

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Recent Speeches related to Change the law to increase sentencing for Hare coursing and poaching.

1. Wildlife Crime
20/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: wrong.The RSPB identifies weaknesses in the law. Of 68 confirmed kills of birds of prey in 2017, - Speech Link
2: raised the issue of hare coursing. The feedback I am getting is that hare coursing is becoming more violent - Speech Link
3: element of organised crime behind some of that hare coursing. That would be damaging to farmers and rural - Speech Link
4: has collated at least 282 reports of suspected illegal hunting activity across the UK since the beginning - Speech Link

2. Hare Coursing
01/12/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered the matter of hare coursing.I am very fortunate to represent a constituency - Speech Link
2: on their hands.Hare coursing is having an adverse effect on our native hare population, which in - Speech Link
3: game law should be amended to create consistent seizure and forfeiture powers for all poaching offences - Speech Link
4: In addition to the adverse effect of hare coursing on the hare population, there is a negative impact - Speech Link

3. Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (First sitting)
03/02/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: the court is considering for the purposes of sentencing the seriousness of an offence under any of sections - Speech Link
2: serious animal cruelty offence for the purpose of sentencing if the guilty person had filmed themselves - Speech Link
3: When Anna promoted the Bill, she referred to Baby’s law. Whether it is for Baby or for the countless other - Speech Link
4: Bill to provide for an extra consideration in sentencing. I encourage Members to support the amendment - Speech Link

4. Rural Policing and Hare Coursing
07/03/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: this Adjournment debate on rural policing and hare coursing. It is particularly important that we discuss - Speech Link
2: concern is the threat that hare coursing poses to farming communities. Hare coursers are not simply a - Speech Link
3: the implications of hare coursing. First, when entering these private lands, hare coursers and poachers - Speech Link

5. Rural Crime and Public Services
06/06/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: Humberside police spent 1,200 hours battling hare coursing, with more than 500 reports of the crime in - Speech Link
2: now have to drive for long distances to take offenders into custody, taking them off the streets for - Speech Link
3: posed by more than 3,000 individuals on the sex offenders register. We do not know whether those individuals - Speech Link
4: trafficking, modern slavery and some of the sex offenders to which she refers. That makes it even more important - Speech Link
5: It has been partly responsible for a serious increase in violent crime in areas that do not traditionally - Speech Link
6: £12 a year from every resident on top of the 5% increase in council tax for social care, but that will - Speech Link
7: Clacton (Giles Watling) may have been able to increase numbers from their existing point, but I am sure - Speech Link

6. Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (First sitting)
23/07/2019 - Public Bill Committees

1: that. Why is it important that this sentencing maximum is increased? Can you give examples of animal cruelty - Speech Link
2: badger or a fox, which often are caught during illegal hunting activities. Those animals will have dogs - Speech Link
3: of the original Act was to introduce to English law preventive measures to stop animals being caused - Speech Link

7. Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (Second sitting)
23/07/2019 - Public Bill Committees

1: the court is considering for the purposes of sentencing the seriousness of an offence under any of sections - Speech Link
2: such as rape and sexual assault. As we know, the Sentencing Council publishes guidelines that the court is - Speech Link

8. Criminal Law
28/01/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: ensure that the most serious violent and sexual offenders spend two thirds of their sentence in jail, rather - Speech Link
2: most dangerous offenders serve all of their sentence in jail, but for many offenders the sentence has - Speech Link
3: have been campaigning hard for Tony’s law and longer sentences, in honour of Tony Hudgell, a child who - Speech Link
4: 28-day period following sentencing to apply under the unduly lenient sentencing scheme to the Attorney - Speech Link

9. Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill (Fifth sitting)
02/07/2020 - Public Bill Committees

1: introduction of minimum term orders for terrorism offenders on sentencing for other offences.(8) A copy of - Speech Link

10. Short Prison Sentences
07/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered the cost and effectiveness of sentences under 12 months and consequences for the prison - Speech Link
2: has considered the cost and effectiveness of sentences under 12 months and consequences for the prison - Speech Link
3: speech. I have information that replacing custodial sentences of less than six months for theft and non-violent - Speech Link

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As well as animal welfare issues there are various other offences that occur during coursing. From trespass, often armed trespass, crop damage, and dangerous driving. Theft and criminal damage are also linked. Intimidation and threats of violence are commonplace.
Rural crime action teams are successful at apprehending offenders, but they are let down by the law and sentencing.
There needs to be a more of a deterrent.