SLE Statement on Wildlife Crime Case

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Press Release

We have issued the following statement after the conviction of a gamekeeper on wildlife crime offences at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Wildlife crime of any kind is absolutely unacceptable and those who undertake such reckless acts should feel the full force of the law. This conviction shows that wildlife crimes can successfully be investigated and prosecuted. We would like to see additional resources and training for police to increase the chances of successful detection and prosecution. We support new sanctions being made available to courts to deter wildlife crime. 
 
“In this case, the estate acted swiftly by first suspending and then terminating the employment of the staff member who has now pleaded guilty to wildlife crime. The estate, which was being managed for low ground pheasant shooting, is fully aware of its legal responsibilities and continues to take advice to ensure its compliance procedures are as robust as possible. We work closely with our members to ensure wildlife crime is prevented and if it does occur then we and our members are committed to helping with the detection and prosecution of those responsible.”