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League welcomes Scottish Government consultation on hunting law

League welcomes Scottish Government consultation on hunting law

The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed a Scottish Government consultation to review the legislation which bans hunting in Scotland.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP has today (Friday) published the consultation, inviting views on the recommendations made by Lord Bonomy following his review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 in 2016.

Robbie Marsland, Director of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland said: “The League welcomes the opportunity to respond to some valuable recommendations made by Lord Bonomy.

“We’re pleased the scope of the consultation allows us to give views beyond Lord Bonomy’s recommendations as we fear that his thoughts will not go far enough to really ban fox hunting in Scotland.

“However, we are disappointed that unfortunately, none of this will impact on the 2017 fox hunting starting at the beginning of November which will see ten Scottish hunts out two or three times a week until the end of March hunting under legislation which is sadly not fit for purpose, nor effective in protecting the welfare of wild mammals.”

In addition to the consultation the Scottish Government has been working with key stakeholders to develop a code of practice for hunts and explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme. The consultation runs from now until 31st January 2018.