What is banned?
The language in legislation in Scotland and that in England and Wales differ, but, simply put, it is now illegal to chase and kill deer, fox, hare and mink with dogs.
Opponents of the ban have deliberately tried to muddy the waters by arguing that the legislation is confused. The reality, however, is that the law is abundantly clear. There are exemptions in the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act and the Hunting Act 2004 for certain activities, such as the use of dogs to flush animals to guns, but these are tightly drawn.
What does the law say is banned?
Hunting wild mammals with dogs
- In some special circumstances, hunting with dogs is allowed. However, you have to be able to prove in court that your hunt is exempt. Please see here for details.
Knowingly permitting land belonging to you to be entered or used in the course of an illegal hunting act
- It is also illegal to knowingly permit your dog to be used for an illegal hunting act.
Participating in, attending, knowingly facilitating, or permitting your land or dog to be used for a hare coursing event.