Doyle Price asks question on horse attacks

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many convictions there have been for offences under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which involved horses since the Act was brought into force;

(2) how many convictions of animal owners there have been for offences under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in each year since 2006;

(3) how many convictions there have been for offences under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in each year since 2006.

Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Justice; Reigate, Conservative)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in England and Wales, from 2007 (when the Act commenced) to 2010 (latest available) can be viewed in the table.

Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database does not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, beyond the description provided in the statute under which proceedings are brought. It is not possible to separately identify those proceedings where the defendant was the animal’s owner or the type of animal against which an offence was committed.

Defendants found guilty at all courts under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (1) , England and Wales, 2007-10

2007: 22
2008: 635
2009: 902
2010: 856

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