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Improving the Protection of Wild Mammals in Scotland

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Introduction

On 26 December 2015, the Scottish Government announced the appointment of the Rt Hon. Lord Bonomy to undertake a review of the operation of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

Some 300 written submissions to Lord Bonomy were received. These are available via the following web link: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/10/4011

In our response to Lord Bonomy’s report, we undertook to consult on his recommendations for changes to the existing legislation. We recognise that some aspects are likely to be viewed by some as controversial and will require careful thought. Any ensuing proposals for change will also need to be subject to the scrutiny of Parliamentary draftsmen. At this stage however, we are interested in your views on Lord Bonomy’s recommendations with particular regard to possible practical effect.

Familiarity with the provisions of the 2002 Act and Lord Bonomy’s report will greatly assist in informing your contribution to this consultation.

The Act is available via the following web link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2002/6/contents

Lord Bonomy’s report is available at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/9965