OneKind has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a public consultation on the future of fox hunting in Scotland, branding it an important step towards a real hunting ban.
A consultation on improving the protection of wild mammals in Scotland was announced by the Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham today (Friday 6 October). It follows a review of the operation of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, which was published by the Lord Bonomy in 2016. The consultation will run until 31 January 2018.
OneKind Director Harry Huyton said:
“OneKind welcomes this consultation on the future of fox hunting in Scotland. We have long raised concerns that mounted fox hunting continues much as it did thanks to loopholes in the law. Today marks an important step towards closing the loopholes and banning hunting in Scotland for good.
We particularly welcome the broad scope of the consultation. Lord Bonomy’s review of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act was thorough and provides important recommendations that would tighten the regulation around fox hunting, but the Scottish Government will need to go further if we are end to this cruel practice for good.”
Notes to editor:
- OneKind is a Scottish animal protection charity working to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals through campaigns, research and education.
- The Scottish Government’s consultation announcement is available here.
- The Bonomy report can be read here and a blog summarising his recommendations and our response is here.
- Lord Bonomy’s report was commissioned at the end of 2015. This followed an announcement by the SNP in the summer of 2015 that it would vote against any moves to bring the Westminster Hunting Act in line with the weaker Scottish law. At the time, Angus Robertson MP, the SNP leader in Westminster and now deputy party leader said: “We totally oppose foxhunting and, when there are moves in the Scottish Parliament to review whether the existing Scottish ban is strong enough, it is in the Scottish interest to maintain the existing ban in England and Wales”.
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