Night Poaching Act 1828

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Night Poaching Act 1828
Long title An Act for the more effectual Prevention of Persons going armed by Night for the Destruction of Game.
Citation 1828 c.69 9 Geo. IV
Territorial extent England and Wales,
Northern Ireland
Royal assent 19 July 1828
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Night Poaching Act 1828 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The Night Poaching Act 1828 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (citation 9 Geo. IV c. 69) still in effect in the 21st century. It forbids night poaching, especially taking or destroying game on lands, etc., by night, or entering lands at night to take or destroy game. For the purposes of this Act the word “game” shall be deemed to include hares, pheasants, partridges, grouse, heath or moor game, black game, and bustards.

The Act — in particular, its original provisions for transportation to colonies such as Tasmania — made headlines in 2007, when two rabbit poachers were convicted and fined under it before magistrates at Hereford.[1]


  1. ^ "Rabbit poachers' old law reprieve". BBC News. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 

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