Seal shooting remains common in Scotland, primarily to protect fishery and angling interests. Since the requirement for licenses was introduced in 2015, ending unregulated killing, the numbers killed have been reduced, but it is still a major welfare concern. OneKind is urging the Scottish Government to ban seal killing, and in the meantime we are calling for a closed season of shooting to be introduced.
Domestic animals in circuses
Whilst wild animals are no longer permitted in circuses in Scotland, domestic animals can still be used. These animals are often subject to inappropriate housing and care, and forced to perform behaviours that are not natural to them.
Scotland has a significant feral cat population, with an estimated 400,000 roaming Scotland. Feral cats have negative impacts on Scottish wildlife, including the critically endangered Scottish Wildcat. They are also poorly adapted to their environment, so often suffer in the wild. OneKind would therefore like to see Trap Neuter Return programmes used to control feral cat numbers.
Animal Testing for Household Goods and Cosmetics
Animal testing for household products still occurs in the UK, and testing for cosmetics occurs outside of the EU. OneKind believes that it is time for this to end and for humane alternativs to be used instead.
Live Animal Transport
Live animals are being transported abroad to be slaughtered and further fattened, which causes negative impacts on animal welfare.
Current methods of fox control cause serious animal welfare concerns and evidence suggests they may be ineffective. OneKind believes they are unacceptable, and that humane alternatives to control should be pursued.
Intensive farming of animals for meat, dairy and egg production is incompatible with giving animals good lives that are worth living. OneKind urges individuals to avoid the consumption of products from intensive farming practices and supports Government intervention to end intensive systems and replace them with lower impact alternatives.
Grey Squirrel Culling
Culling of grey squirrels is not a humane, or viable option to protect red squirrels. OneKind would instead like to see emphasis on alternative, humane ways to conserve red squirrels.
Zoos do not provide a natural environment for wild animals to live in, which causes them to suffer. OneKind believes that, as long as animals are kept in zoos, they should be tightly regulated.
Sentencing for Animal Cruelty
Short, or often no, jail terms are common when it comes to animal abusers. OneKind believes that animal cruelty sentences need to be tightened, and that therapeutic programmes should be introduced for offenders to prevent further acts of cruelty.