Johnstone joined by campaigners at launch of #ForFoxSake campaign

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone was today (7 Dec) joined by animal welfare campaigners as she launched a campaign in support of her proposal to bring forward a member's bill to ban foxhunting.  

The Scottish Government is conducting a review of how current laws work but has not considered an outright ban, and the online campaign launched today - #ForFoxSake - encourages people to respond to the review calling for a full ban.

Around 800 foxes are killed by hunts every year in Scotland. 1 in 5 is killed by packs of hounds in clear breach of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002. 

Alison Johnstone MSP, Deputy Convener of Holyrood's Cross-Party Group on Animal Welfare, said:

"The current law hasn't stopped cruelty to foxes, and the Scottish Government needs to get the message that its review is too narrowly-focused. People can make their views clear by using the #forfoxsake campaign website to call for a real ban.

"There's huge public outrage at the fact that foxhunting still takes place. Bloodsport supporters claim it binds communities together, a tacit admission that fox hunting is still happening in Scotland. Most people are horrified by it, so in reality it divides communities. With a real ban we can demonstrate that Scotland really does care about the welfare of animals."