Environment Minister comments.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod said:
"I welcome this extensive review of the data that RSPB have collated over a 20 year period. There is no doubt that the figures in this report make for uncomfortable reading, but we have made progress in recent years with the new vicarious liability provisions, the publication of the report from the Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group, new measures implementing restrictions on the use of General Licences and earlier this year the Scottish Government funded pesticide disposal scheme that removed over 700kg of illegally held poisons in Scotland.
"RSPB are a key partner in the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland and they have worked with us to support the fight against wildlife crime for many years. I am pleased also that RSPB recognise the efforts made by Police Scotland and the Crown Office in dealing with this difficult area of crime, which is often very complex to investigate.
"I have noted that the RSPB are calling for the Scottish Government funded review into game licensing in other countries to be commenced and I can confirm that tenders to carry out this important research were invited on 11 December."