We love Scotland’s wildlife. The golden eagles, mountain hares, foxes, hen harriers and the now returned beaver …. All of these animals are part of what makes Scotland amazing. But Scotland has a problem. Culls, ‘pest control’ and the management of vast areas of the country for hunting means these animals, and many more, are heavily persecuted, illegally and legally. If you’re like us and you prefer to see wildlife alive, not dead, take a moment to tell the world by taking part in our #ScotSpirit social media campaign this August.
#ScotSpirit is the hashtag used by Scotland’s tourism industry. It was launched in 2016 with the aim of promoting Scotland and its amazing spirit, landscapes and culture to the world. VisitScotland are asking that we take to social media and say what #ScotSpirit means to us.
We value Scotland’s wildlife for what it is, but we also think it’s a huge pull to international visitors. In fact, it brings over half a £billion into the Scottish economy every year, far more than the hunting industry. Lets take to social media this August and say that the true #ScotSpirit is to love wildlife, #DontKillit!
To take part, you can either share your own images of Scotland’s magnificent wildlife on twitter, facebook and Instagram using the #ScotSpirit and #DontKillit hashtags, or you can use one of our images below. Just click on the share buttons and add your own message about why Scotland’s wildlife needs to you.
Each week throughout August, we will be focusing on a different iconic species. This week it’s the beaver, which was hunted to extinction but is now back and beginning to thrive. Sadly, however, persecution has become a problem.