Friday 5 May 2017


Please find below a response from The Scottish Gamekeepers Association regarding a story distributed this morning by RSPB Scotland.
A Spokesman for The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said: “The SGA has no membership interest in this case. It is not our place to comment, therefore, on individuals involved in the alleged incident or to provide a critique of COPFS. That is a matter for the various different interests involved in wildlife crime investigations. We trust that, had the evidence gathered been considered satisfactory by the appropriate authority, due process would have followed.
“The SGA has a clear message on wildlife crime. Any member convicted of a wildlife crime is removed from the organisation immediately. The SGA advocates solely legal methods for tackling species conflicts. More remains to be done to tackle wildlife crime in Scotland, and across Europe, but official statistics show an evidenced record of improvement in this country over a sustained five year period and the SGA are very much part of the continuing effort to see further reductions.”