Tuesday, 31 January 2017

SGA COMMENT ON FOX HUNTING LAWS IN SCOTLAND

Fox predation of Pheasants, Scottish Borders.
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has given the following statement regarding The Scottish Government’s announcement on Fox Hunting Laws in Scotland.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association Chairman Alex Hogg said: “The SGA was happy to give evidence to Lord Bonomy. The principal area of our members’ expertise is how foot packs carry out legal fox control in Scotland, and terrier work. We have confidence in the accountability of these operations and will be willing to play an active role in taking forward any measures to consolidate this further, if or where necessary. A new Code of Practice which sets out clearly what is expected of everyone can only be a positive step.
“As has always been the case, as wildlife managers, the SGA’s chief concern is that our members retain the tools which are vital to the control of abundant foxes, scientifically proven to have a detrimental impact on the survival of ground nesting birds.”



Members can see the full announcement from Scottish Government: here: http://news.gov.scot/news/fox-hunting-laws-2

*The SGA provided written evidence to the consultation and provided oral evidence to Lord Bonomy, in person, on two occasions during the evidence gathering process. See the written evidence, here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00508027.pdf

The SGA wil be submitting a full response to the new consultation, when the timeline is announced.

Further Links:

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association: http://www.scottishgamekeepers.co.uk
The Scottish Government: http://www.gov.scot