Reviewing our prosecutions work
In December 2013 we commissioned an independent review of our prosecutions work.
The report concluded that we should continue our role as a prosecuting body. However, the report has recommended a re-positioning of our long-standing enforcement role to bring it up to date with 21st-century expectations of transparency and accountability.
The review acknowledges the 'substantial and important' role undertaken by us in enforcing animal welfare legislation in England and Wales and its 'huge contribution to animal welfare.'
We've welcomed the report and have taken steps to assess and respond to the recommendations. The latest of these steps is to introduce a prosecutions oversight panel.
Prosecutions oversight panel
The independent prosecution oversight panel serves in an expert advisory capacity and provides independent expert advice on our prosecutions.
Read more about the purpose and responsibilities of the independent prosecution oversight panel
Summary of findings from the panel
- Summary report - June 2023
- Summary report - April 2022
- Summary report - November 2021
- Summary report - May 2021
- Summary report - December 2020
- Summary report - July 2020
- Summary report - December 2019
- Summary report - May 2019
- Summary report - February 2018
- Summary report - September 2017
- Summary report - June 2017
- Summary report - February 2017
Prosecuting animal cruelty and neglect
The power to prosecute means we can stop the suffering of more animals, when other means don't work.