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Fox hunting laws

Published: 26 Dec 2015 00:01

Lord Bonomy to lead review.

Lord Bonomy will lead a review on Scotland's hunting with dogs legislation, Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said today.

The review will look at whether current legislation is providing the necessary level of protection for foxes and other wild mammals while allowing for the effective and humane control of these animals where required.

The review will begin in January 2016 and written evidence will be accepted from the 1st February to end of March.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr McLeod said:

"I am pleased to announce that Lord Bonomy has agreed to carry out a review of our fox hunting legislation in the new year. Lord Bonomy is very experienced in carrying out complex reviews and I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to take on this important role.

"Scotland led the way in addressing animal welfare concerns with legislation in 2002, and we remain committed to ensuring the highest levels of welfare for our wild animals. The aim of this review is to ensure current legislation is providing the necessary level of protection for foxes and other wild mammals, while at the same time allowing effective and humane control of these animals where needed.

"I am sure everyone with an interest in the protection of wild mammals will want to engage with Lord Bonomy and I would encourage them to do so."

Notes to editors

The review will look at whether current legislation is providing the necessary level of protection for foxes and other wild mammals while allowing for the effective and humane control of these animals where required.

The review will not consider the following:
- whether predator control is necessary to protect livestock or wildlife
- the operation of other wildlife legislation unless it has a direct bearing on the operation on the 2002 act
- other types of predator or pest control
They review will not take a view on any particular incident or allegation.