Pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we would be grateful if you could provide any information held by yourselves concerning:
- Convictions; and
in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland related to offences under:
- The Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997;
- The Customs & Excise Management Act 1997, but only in so far as the offences under that act relate to wildlife offences concerned with the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts;
- The Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 1976;
- The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, but only in so far as those offences relate to wildlife offences concerned with the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts; and
- The Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011 but only in so far as those offences relate to wildlife offences concerned with the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts.
Please also provide data on financial recoveries from the above convictions and Proceeds of Crime Act confiscations for wildlife crime.
West Midlands Police interpretation of your request is that by ‘any information’ you are requesting the statistical number of offences relating to Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), we feel that on this basis the request falls under the Freedom of Information Act. We have searched our systems and there is no recorded information held.
However, there is one conviction in June 2017 for the offence of “Possession of a wild bird contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981”(Golden Eagle). The offender received a conditional discharge and the Golden Eagle was forfeited into the care of a wildlife charity.
In addition to the above response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies
Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.
Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.
This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:
No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.