Scottish Parliament to consider Stage 3 of Hunting with Dogs Bill

Scottish Parliament to consider Stage 3 of Hunting with Dogs Bill 

The Scottish Parliament will consider Stage 3 of the Hunting with Dogs Bill this evening.

The new Bill was introduced last year, two decades after a failed attempt by the Scottish Parliament to ban hunting with the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act, back in 2002.

If the Scottish Parliament votes in favour of the Bill, it will bring into force a number of measures which will significantly curtail mounted hunting activity. The Bill also includes proposals for a preemptive ban on trail hunting. Trail hunting is a sport which was created after hunting was banned in England and Wales following the passing of the Hunting Act in 2004.

Director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, Robbie Marsland said:

“Over 20 years ago Parliament introduced a law which would prevent mounted fox hunts using packs of hounds to chase and kill foxes in the Scottish countryside. Sadly that legislation wasn’t worth the paper it’s written on and has done nothing to stop the cruelty of hunting, instead creating a series of loopholes which allowed hunters to ride roughshod over the law.

“Today the Scottish Parliament has the opportunity to pass new legislation which has the potential to right the wrongs of the last two decades. If successful, this will be a historic day for animal welfare.”


Notes to editor

  1. The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading animal charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).
  2. Media enquiries to Louise Robertson on 07930 539832 /

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