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Animal Cruelty (3055/20)

Request

I’d like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please provide details of the number of offences (listed below) of animal cruelty – i.e. animals being abused or killed – with a break-down of each year and month for the past five calendar years (1 January to 31 December) and the type of animal(s) involved as the victim of the crime.

Information should relate to the following crimes:

Act Home Office Offence Code

Abandonment of Animals Act 1960         108/14

Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England) Regulations 2006                    108/16

Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England) Regulations 2006                    S 99/96

Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (No. 2) Regulations 2004          108/16

Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (No. 2) Regulations 2004          S 99/96

Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) Regulations 1998         108/16

Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) Regulations 1998         S 99/99

Animal and Animal Products Regulations 1997  S 91/69

Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963            108/18

Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011                91/83

Animal by-products (enforcement) (no2) (Wales) Regs 2011      S 91/83

Animal By-Products (Identification) Regulations 1995    091/55

Animal By-Products (Wales) Regulations 2006   S 91/55

Animal By-Products Regulations 2005    S 91/55

Animal Health Act 1981 108/12

Animal Health Act 1981 110/01

Animal Health Act 1981 195/99

Animal Health Act 1981 S 99/99

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/29

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/30

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/31

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/32

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/33

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/34

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/35

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/36

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/37

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/38

Animal Welfare Act 2006              108/39

Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962             108/17

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986              S 108/01

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986              S 99/99

Cinematography Films (Animals) Act 1937           195/99

Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932                195/99

Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004                                                 101/10

Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004                                                 101/11

Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004                                                 101/12

Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004                                                 S 89/09

Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004                                                 S 89/10

Performing Animals (Regulations) Act 1925        108/04

Pet Animals Act 1951     108/09

Products of Animal Origins (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2003                S 108/16

Products of Animal Origins (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2003                S 98/14

Products of Animal Origins (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2000    S 98/14

Products of Animal Origins (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2006       108/16

Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954   108/11

Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 2000   108/26

Protection of Animals Act 1911 108/02

Protection of Animals Act 1934 108/06

Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011  S 99/19

Transit of Animals Order   110/01

Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995   108/05

Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995   108/07

Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007   108/29

In addition, if it is possible without breaching any limits in the act, for the first two crimes in every year (10 incidents in total) please provide a short summary text of what happened in the incident? Some forces call this `Mo text.

Response

I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by West Midlands Police.

The majority of the categories listed in your request are non-recordable summary offences which are not available on our systems.

With regard to “Animal Cruelty” the below categories are contained on our systems:

Abandonment of Animals Act 1960
Animal Health Act 1981
Animal Welfare Act 2006
Breeding of dogs Act 1973
Conservation of Habitats and species Regulations 2010
Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953
Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004
Animal By-Products Offences
Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England) Regulations 2006
Game Act 1831
Protection of Animals Act 1911
Wild Animals Protection Act 1996
Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
Town Police Clauses Act 1847
Genetically Modified Animal Feed (England) Regulations 2004

However searches on all of these areas have brought back no data.

Most of these offences are either dealt with by the Local Authority or RSPCA, who are the lead in the West Midlands for animal Cruelty offences.  Anything that we come across is referred to the RSPCA who then lead on the investigation with our support if needed.

Therefore we are unable to provide any data to respond to this request.

To further assist, information is available on our website in relation to this

https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/animal-cruelty

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