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Hunting with dogs Scotland: new public consultation

6th October 2017

Hunting with dogs Scotland: new public consultation

Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 – Consultation on Lord Bonomy’s recommendations

Following the review of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act, and Lord Bonomy’s report and recommendations, the Scottish Government has now launched a public consultation on so-called ‘potential improvements’ to the legislation governing fox control in Scotland.

The public consultation opened on 6 October 2017. The consultation asks for input on issues such as definition of terms (i.e. ‘to hunt’), terrierwork, vicarious liability, burden of proof and time limits for prosecution, amongst others. SACS will be responding on behalf of its members, and members are welcome to forward their views directly to us. Alternatively you can submit your own, individual response. It is particularly important for members who work terriers to submit their views, in order to oppose the ridiculous suggested restrictions on terrierwork. Please contact the SACS office for guidance if this helps.

SACS continues to work actively with other key stakeholders on the voluntary Code of Practice, which is currently in development. We have fought hard for our members rights since the Bonomy process began in 2015, and were the first organisation to explain the errors in Lord Bonomy’s report to the Cabinet Secretary and her team. It is disappointing that some of these errors have now formed the premise for consultation questions, but as a community we must work together to explain why further restrictions should not be imposed. The consultation closes on 31 January 2018; this may seem like a lot of time, but given the extent of the questions, members should not leave their responses to the last minute. The SACS response will be submitted in good time. Thank you in advance for your assistance.