Reacting to the news that a gamekeeper in England today (Nov 13th) won a landmark legal battle against the refusal of a licence by Natural England to control a small number of buzzards:
Scottish Gamekeepers Association Chairman Alex Hogg said: “This is the correct legal outcome but it is a shame we are welcoming a decision which should have been made by the licensing body at the outset, based on the evidence before them. In the meantime, a man has lost his business.
The SGA has always said that we can only have a fair, workable and sensible licensing system if cases are judged solely on merit and not on the basis of who the applicant is. This is a step in the right direction for all fair-minded people who believe access to justice is the right of everyone.”