England and Wales consider new criminal offences to control invasive species trade

Plans for creating new civil penalties – and possibly new criminal offences – for keeping and selling invasive non-native species will be introduced in England and Wales, DEFRA and the Welsh government announced today

American skunk cabbage plant in Hillsborough forest
The American skunk cabbage is one of the plants barred from being sold under the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation

Plans for creating new civil penalties – and possibly new criminal offences – for keeping and selling invasive non-native species will be introduced in England and Wales, DEFRA and the Welsh government announced today.

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