On Wednesday evening, June 17th, MSPs voted unanimously for the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill to become law. This is a big step forward for improving welfare for Scotland’s animals. The main functions of the Bill, which we have previously written about in more detail, are to increase maximum penalties for… Read more
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OneKind’s consultation response to the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Powers and Protections) (Scotland) Bill. We are fully supportive of the proposals to increase maximum penalties under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Parliamentary briefing for the Stage 1 debate on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill.
Leading Scottish animal welfare campaigns charity OneKind is calling for an end to driven grouse shooting on the Glorious Twelfth, the first day of the grouse shooting season. Large areas of upland Scotland are used for driven grouse shooting, with the land being managed to maximise the number of red grouse available for shooting. In… Read more
“Leading Scottish animal welfare campaigning charity, OneKind, is urging the Scottish Government to introduce legal protection for mountain hares without delay. The open season for mountain hare shooting begins today (1st August) and ordinarily runs until 28th February, a period during which around 26,000 mountain hares are killed by landowners to manage their land for red grouse shooting,… Read more
On June 17th, in a landmark decision, MSPs voted to recognise mountain hares as a protected species under the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, and thus will put an end to the mass scale mountain hare killings! We’ve been campaigning tirelessly on our campaign to end mountain hare persecution since 2016,… Read more
OneKind has a long history of defending Scotland’s seals from persecution. Just a few weeks ago, we were nearing the final steps of rolling out our campaign to ban seal shooting, when something unexpected happened. The Scottish Government launched amendments to the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill to remove the two main grounds… Read more
OneKind animal welfare charity has strongly welcomed Scottish Government plans to commission a research project into the value of empathy training for offenders against animals. Ahead of the debate on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers)(Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon (17 June 2020), rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon MSP has… Read more
OneKind hails new hare protection OneKind animal protection charity has today (17 June 2020) hailed the Scottish Government’s decision to accept an amendment bringing full protection for mountain hares in Scotland, and thus effectively ending the mass scale mountain hare killings, as “a triumph” for the Scottish Parliament’s hare champions and the willingness of a… Read more
Ban on seal shooting must be watertight, urges charity OneKind has today (10 June 2020) welcomed moves to ban the killing, injuring and taking of seals in Scotland within the next few months, while condemning a “shocking” upward trend in seal shooting over the last few months. The Scottish Government has lodged amendments to animal… Read more
OneKind is delighted that one of the 100 amendments to be debated in the Scottish Parliament next Tuesday reflects our calls to protect cephalopods and decapod crustaceans. #SeaTheirSuffering The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill is set to make further progress at Stage 2 in the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform… Read more
There was broad cross-party support for the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill when it was debated in parliament yesterday, which is great news for Scotland’s animals. This Bill currently working its way through parliament which, if it becomes an Act, will strengthen protections for animals by making changes to the Animal… Read more
Parliamentary briefing produced for the Stage 1 debate on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, to suggest the courts consider restorative justice processes and rehabilitation programmes for all people convicted of offences against animals.
Parliamentary briefing produced for the Stage 1 debate on the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, to make the case for full welfare protection for cephalopods and decapod crustaceans.
We can’t quite believe that we’re coming to the end of 2019! With a feature on Channel 4 news, demonstrations, a BBC article quoting our response to Scottish Parliament’s fireworks plans, and the proposal of stronger penalties for animal cruelty to name just a few, it has been a busy year for OneKind! Here’s a selection… Read more
Leading Scottish animal welfare campaigns charity, OneKind, supports the increased penalties for animal welfare offences, proposed under new legislation announced today, and calls for new programmes to change offenders’ behaviour to be made available. The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill proposes, amongst other improvements, an increase in the maximum prison… Read more
Leading animal welfare campaigns charity OneKind has welcomed today’s commitment by the Scottish Government to animal welfare in the year ahead. These include further commitments to creating an Animal Welfare Commission, as well as introducing a “Lucy’s Law” for Scotland and increasing the maximum penalties for cruelty to both domestic and wild animals. Pledges in… Read more
It is widely agreed that the legislation regulating pet sales in the UK is out of date and overdue for reform. The Pet Animals Act dates from 1951, long before the internet was invented and long before the craze for owning more and more exotic animals took hold of the public. Hardly surprising, then, that… Read more
The Scottish Government has published its analysis of the responses received to the recent consultation on proposals to regulate animal sanctuaries and rehoming centres in Scotland. The consultation received a total of 185 responses, of which 73% (135) were from members of the public. A further 34 responses (18.3%) were from animal welfare charities, animal… Read more
OneKind, Scotland’s animal campaigns charity, has welcomed a response from the Scottish Government to look for ways to protect animal welfare principles after Brexit. Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, said that the Scottish Government was continuing to consider how best to enshrine its commitment to the EU environmental… Read more
Leading animal protection charity OneKind is today (Wednesday 20th December) celebrating as the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill has been passed. The Bill was passed by unanimously following a debate at Holyrood. Scotland is now the first country in the UK to introduce a ban on wild animals in circuses. Bans are already… Read more
With the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses Bill about to be passed by Holyrood, Libby Anderson, OneKind’s Policy Advisor, reflects on a decade of campaigning to end the use of wild animals in circuses. Having taken a leading role in campaigning for a ban on wild animal circuses in Scotland, I am delighted that today… Read more
Every summer, right up to 2011, a traditional travelling circus would make a two-month tour of southern and central Scotland. Bobby Roberts’ Super Circus always brought with it their aged, arthritic elephant Anne, taken from the wild in Sri Lanka and used for entertainment for over half a century. By 2011, she had no elephant… Read more
Pippa the cat was two years old. She lost her life one night in 2015, when her owner restrained, punched and slapped her, then bit her head and face before inflicting fatal injuries by slamming her against a wall. The whole incident was recorded by the owner’s terrified partner, and in due course it appeared… Read more
Leading animal protection charity OneKind has welcomed today’s (Thursday 5th September) commitment by the Scottish Government to animal welfare in the year ahead. In the full programme for government 2017/18, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP pledged to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty to five years’ imprisonment as well as a package of other… Read more
Theresa May’s declaration of support for fox hunting and her commitment to a vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act in England and Wales has been one of the most talked about issues in the election campaign so far. Buzzfeed report that the bizarre move by the Prime Minster was even in the top… Read more
Hare coursing is an illegal bloodsport that involves chasing and killing hares with dogs. These dogs are usually ‘sight’ hounds, i.e. dogs that hunt by sight rather than smell such as lurchers and greyhounds. Hare coursers will drive around the countryside and on spotting a hare they will stop and release one, two or occasionally… Read more
Last year 1467 animals were killed in organised culls. 1467 wild animals, native to our country that have become scape goats for a bigger problem. They stand accused of spreading a disease that threatens commercial interests, and they are paying for this with their lives. I am of course referring to England’s badger culls, but… Read more
Last week the More for Scotland’s Animals coalition put on an event in the Scottish Parliament sponsored by Christine Grahame MSP to look at how we can make progress on animal welfare in Scotland over the next five years. This follows our campaign earlier this year in which we challenged all candidates to commit to… Read more
We are pleased that the Scottish Government is considering allocating powers to the Scottish SPCA in connection with the investigation of wildlife crime, so that its Inspectors will be able to enter land (other than dwellings or lockfast premises), to search for, search or examine things if they suspect that evidence will be found in… Read more
OneKind welcomes the Government’s commitment to ban the testing of household products on animals and supports its implementation by adding a condition to relevant project licences using the licensing powers provided under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. OneKind believes however that if the household products ban is to offer meaningful additional protection for animals,… Read more