Tighter Laws to Protect Scotland’s Wildlife
New legislation to prevent the chasing and killing of wild mammals for sport has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Government’s Hunting with Dogs Bill will close loopholes in existing laws that have allowed the practice of illegal hunting to continue. A new two dog limit for all use of dogs in the course of hunting will be introduced, as well as a ban on the practice of trail hunting.
The Bill also establishes a new licencing scheme to allow the use of more than two dogs in certain limited circumstances. This is to provide farmers and land managers access to appropriate and humane control measures, where necessary.
I was very pleased to see this Bill passed by a large majority of MSPs.
Loopholes in previous legislation had continued to be exploited, allowing inhumane practices to continue.
The legitimate concerns of land managers have been listened to throughout parliamentary scrutiny of the Bill, and we now have a piece of legislation that accounts for these while addressing illegal hunting.
I welcome the enhanced protection for wildlife here in Angus and across Scotland.
MSPs have backed @scotgov's Hunting with Dogs Bill.
The Bill will close loopholes in existing laws that have allowed the practice of illegal hunting with dogs to continue.
— Net Zero Scotland (@ScotGovNetZero) January 24, 2023
– Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan
This Bill represents a significant step forward in protecting Scotland’s wildlife from the cruel and senseless practice of illegal hunting,
I am pleased that the Parliament has agreed on a new law which will close the door on the illegal chasing and killing of mammals once and for all.
I’d like to thank everyone who responded to our public consultations and interested groups for their valuable input throughout this process.
I believe that this new legislation has struck the right balance between ensuring Scotland pursues the highest possible animal welfare standards, while recognising the need for farmers, land managers and environmental organisations to undertake legitimate wildlife management.
I’m delighted that the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill has passed and that we can now finally end illegal hunting with dogs in Scotland.
(Also a special personal moment as my first Bill as an MSP and Minister.)
Huge thanks to everyone who contributed! https://t.co/HtoUeBt1im
— Màiri McAllan (@MairiMcAllan) January 24, 2023