When the UK Government recently tried to wreck the Hunting Act for England and Wales, we heard a lot about how this would bring the law in line with the ban across the border in Scotland.
That’s no reassurance for animals, as IFAW believes wild mammals in Scotland are not sufficiently protected from cruelty, and the Protection for Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 could be substantially improved.
Did you know that, despite numerous allegations of illegal hunting, there has never been a successful prosecution of a mounted hunt member under the hunting laws in Scotland?
That’s why we’d really like the protection in Scotland beefed up so it is stronger than the existing laws in England and Wales.
As an added bonus, this would also scupper the UK Government’s claim that by amending the laws south of the border they are simply trying to bring their provisions in line with those in Scotland.
As a bare minimum we would want to see the laws in Scotland matching the current Hunting Act in England and Wales, with provisions that would make enforcement easier (such as the number of dogs allowed to be used in some exemptions.) But as you may know, those illegal hunters prosecuted south of the border for hunting offences can often get away unpunished by claiming false alibis, such as ‘trail hunting’, which is something that also needs addressing.
We’d like you to help by contacting the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food & Environment in the Scottish Parliament and urge him to tighten up the laws in Scotland, which could have an important impact for our wild mammals on both sides of the border.
If you live in Scotland, click here to contact your MSP.