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Fox hunting laws reviewed 22/11/2016 A report on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 has been submitted to the Scottish Government by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy.

Fox hunting laws reviewed

A report with recommendations to improve the operation of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 has been submitted to the Scottish Government by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy.

The remit of the review was to ascertain whether the 2002 Act was providing a sufficient level of protection for wild mammals, while at the same time allowing for their effective and humane control where necessary.

Lord Bonomy’s report contains a number of recommendations, including:

  • Clarification of the language of the Act to make enforcement easier
  • Consideration of the appointment of part-time, independent hunt monitors to observe the activities of hunts on a random basis
  • A Code of Practice for the conduct of hunt activities
  • Consideration of whether vicarious liability is appropriate if an offence is committed
  • Consideration of extending the time limit for bringing prosecutions under the 2002 Act.

“I’d like to thank Lord Bonomy and his team for examining this legislation. I’d also like to extend thanks to all of those who participated in providing information to allow the report to be put together for our consideration,” said Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham. “We will now carefully consider the findings, with a view to responding in 2017. Any ensuing proposals for legislative change will be subject to the proper consultation processes.”

The full report is available here.

 

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