New campaign to reform grouse moors aims to change the face of Scotland
The Revive Coalition will mark its launch with a flagship report recommending the illegal persecution of raptors be classified as a “serious crime”
A NEW CAMPAIGN aiming to effect radical change on Scotland’s grouse moors will launch in Edinburgh today [6 October], accompanied by the publication of a flagship report recommending measures to challenge the intensive land management of Scottish uplands.
Asking the experts: What does Scotland need from the Programme for Government?
CommonSpace speaks to campaign groups, think tanks and third sector organisations about their hopes for the Scottish Government’s agenda
WITH the new Programme for Government set to be unveiled tomorrow [4 August], expectations are mounting following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s claim that the agenda-setting document will contain “significant” new announcements.
Analysis: Disastrous hare-culling shows big landowners are irresponsible custodians of Scotland
With hares on eastern Scottish moorlands at less than 1 per cent of what they were in 1954, questions about the ownership and stewardship of Scottish land are more pressing than ever
THAT Scotland’s mountain hare population is under threat is not, strictly speaking, news.
'Not acceptable': Nicola Sturgeon joins Greens in condemning mountain hare culling
Green MSP Alison Johnstone highlighted the ‘sickening slaughter’ after footage of hare culling was released by the BBC
THE LARGE-SCALE CULLING of Scottish mountain hares is “not acceptable”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated at First Minister’s Questions.
Sturgeon made her condemnation of the practice in response to a question from Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who described the practice as “sickening slaughter”.
Barking mad? Controversial tail-docking measure passed by Scottish Parliament
SNP and Tories reverse tail-docking ban for working dogs
A POLICY REVERSING the ban on tail-shortening of working dogs has faced criticism from animal welfare groups after a majority in the Scottish Parliament passed changes to the law.
Since 2007 there has been a full-ban on tail-docking - the cutting of a dog’s tail by its owner without anaesthetic. Previously used by owners of ‘working dogs’ - for instance on Scotland’s shooting estates - the practice has been condemned as “cruel”.
SNP pursues ban on "barbaric" shock collars at Westminster
Following the Scottish Government’s ban, SNP MPs now seek to make the devices illegal across the UK
THE SNP is taking their battle against electronic shock collars to Westminster, demanding that reserved powers are employed to make the sale and use of such devices illegal across the UK.
Parties scramble for credit as Scottish Government announces shock collar ban
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced her decision the evening prior to a Holyrood debate on the issue
ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLARS used in the training of dogs and condemned as cruel by many animal welfare campaigners will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced.
The decision followed several months of heightened attention to the issue, and was revealed on the evening of January 24, a day prior to a scheduled Scottish Parliament debate on the issue led by Conservative MSP Maurice Golden.
Campaign for ban on shock collars gathers support
SNP MSP’s call for UK-wide ban gains cross-party support and endorsement from animal welfare groups
THE SALE AND USE of shock collars and electronic ‘training devices’ which inflict pain or distress upon dogs should be banned in Scotland and throughout the UK, SNP MSP Ben Macpherson has argued.
'Soaring' antibiotic use discovered in UK poultry farms
Drugs used on factory-farm chickens could be causing antibiotic-resistant bugs
UK POULTRY producers have significantly increased their use of antibiotics which are banned elsewhere, risking the creation of drug-resistant E.coli and salmonella.