Use of dogs to control foxes and other wild mammals: consultation

A consultation on proposals to strengthen the law relating to the use of dogs to hunt and flush foxes and other wild mammals in Scotland.

Comparison to UK law

In England and Wales, the Hunting Act 2004 prohibits the hunting of wild mammals with more than two dogs, following the conclusion of the Burns Report in 2000 that this form of fox hunting "seriously compromises the welfare of the fox" as "death is not always effected by a single bite to the neck or shoulders by the leading hound".

In Northern Ireland, the hunting of certain wild mammals, including foxes, rabbits and hares is permitted. John Blair, a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has proposed a Bill to restrict the use of dogs to hunt mammals in Northern Ireland. Further information about that Bill can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly website.



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