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English Wildlife Law

The links below are to various Acts of Parliament and case histories relating to animal welfare and, in particular, swan welfare.

The information is intended as a reference database for use primarily by the police and animal welfare authorities in their prosecution of animal/swan welfare offenders.

Please note that you may need to enlarge some of the article images in order to be able to read them.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971 – Page 1

Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971 – Page 2

Case of Swans – Court of King’s Bench, Trinity Term, 1592 – Page 1

Case of Swans – Court of King’s Bench, Trinity Term, 1592 – Page 2

Case of Swans – Court of King’s Bench, Trinity Term, 1592 – Page 3

Case of Swans – Court of King’s Bench, Trinity Term, 1592 – Page 4

Case of Swans – Court of King’s Bench, Trinity Term, 1592 – Page 5

An Act Concerning Swans – 1482

Halsbury’s Laws of England – The Hereditary Revenues of the Crown – Paragraph 1520 – Swans (reproduced here with the kind permission of LexisNexis publishers)

Halsbury’s Laws of England – Animals as the Subject of Property – Paragraphs 204-213 – Page 1 (reproduced here with the kind permission of LexisNexis publishers)

Halsbury’s Laws of England – Animals as the Subject of Property – Paragraphs 204-213 – Page 2 (reproduced here with the kind permission of LexisNexis publishers)

Halsbury’s Laws of England – Animals as the Subject of Property – Paragraphs 204-213 – Page 3 (reproduced here with the kind permission of LexisNexis publishers)

Halsbury’s Laws of England – Animals as the Subject of Property – Paragraphs 204-213 – Page 4 (reproduced here with the kind permission of LexisNexis publishers)

Halsbury’s Laws of England – Animals as the Subject of Property – Paragraphs 204-213 – Page 5 (reproduced here with the kind permission of LexisNexis publishers)

Department of the Environment – Swan Translocation Code of Practice – Page 1

Department of the Environment – Swan Translocation Code of Practice – Page 2

Department of the Environment – Swan Translocation Code of Practice – Page 3

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 1

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 2

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 3

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 4

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 5

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 6

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 7

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 8

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 9

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Governmental Advisory Body) – Swan Booklet 1995 – Page 10

Metropolitan Police Letter Outlining Offences Under the 1871 Dogs Act & Courses of Action – Page 1

Metropolitan Police Letter Outlining Offences Under the 1871 Dogs Act & Courses of Action – Page 2

Metropolitan Police Letter Outlining Offences Under the 1871 Dogs Act & Courses of Action – Page 3

Prosecution Case Example 1 – CPS Letter in respect of Criminal Damage of Swan Charges – Page 1

Prosecution Case Example 1 – CPS Letter in respect of Criminal Damage of Swan Charges – Page 2

Prosecution Case Example 2 – Letter Detailing Other Charges Successfully Brought