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Fox hunting laws 13/02/2017 The operation and enforcement of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 is to be strengthened.

Fox hunting laws

The operation and enforcement of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 is to be strengthened, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced recently.

It follows a review of the legislation, announced in December 2015, which was carried out 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.

The Scottish Government says that it will invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of practice for hunts and explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme.

Ministers will also consult on Lord Bonomy’s proposed changes to the existing legislation. These include:

  • The introduction of vicarious liability and reverse burden of proof provisions
  • An extension to the time limit for bringing prosecutions
  • The removal of inconsistencies and the improvement of definitions.

The full report is available here.


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