Thu 7 Dec, 2017

With a real ban we can demonstrate that Scotland really does care about the welfare of animals. Alison Johnstone MSP

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."



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