Improving the protection of wild mammals

Consultation on improving animal welfare announced.

A consultation on protecting wild mammals in Scotland has been announced by the Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham. It follows a review of the operation of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, which was undertaken by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy in 2016.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“This consultation seeks to explore recommendations to improve animal welfare legislation and the contributions we receive will be of considerable value in informing our thinking.

“Scotland led the way in 2002 by banning the hunting of wild mammals with dogs and we remain committed to improving animal welfare across the board.”

The consultation will run until Wednesday 31st January 2018.


The Improving the Protection of Wild Mammals in Scotland Consultation can be viewed on the Scottish Government website. 


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