Hunting with Dogs Bill

The previous legislation that has regulated hunting with dogs, the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 has been an effective piece of legislation making it an offence for a person to deliberately hunt a wild mammal with a dog, and for landowners or dog owners to knowingly allow this to occur. Where the Act permits dogs to be used to flush out foxes to guns for pest control, there are rigorous requirements for their swift dispatch.

The Scottish Conservatives support further legislation governing pest control with dogs, in line with the recommendations of the independent review conducted on behalf of the Scottish Government by Lord Bonomy. We will scrutinise carefully the Bill that the Scottish Government has brought forward to ensure that it is in line with those recommendations.

We will engage constructively with the legislation that has been brought forward and continue to scrutinise it as it goes through the Scottish Parliament.