Wednesday, 26 November 2014
The Scottish Countryside Alliance is disappointed that newly appointed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen her first key note presentation to introduce series of radical reforms that could see the scrapping of deer stalking and sporting tax exemptions. Ms Sturgeon said the ending rates exemptions for shooting and deerstalking estates, "put in place by the Tories in 1994 to protect the interests of major landowners", would pay for an increase in the fund which supports community land ownership from £3m to £10m a year.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
A MOTION to tackle raptor persecution by regulating the shooting industry was passed at the annual SNP conference. SNP councillor Jennifer Dunn brought forward a motion, saying that if the persecution of birds of prey could not be stopped voluntarily, the Scottish government must act by licensing the shooting industry.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Over the last 60 years there have been many reviews that have highlighted important issues that need to be addressed in the management of Scotland’s wild fisheries (salmon and freshwater fisheries). However, limited real change has been delivered and, as confirmed in an independent recent baseline report for the Scottish Government, the existing wild fisheries management system is not fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Granting increased investigatory powers to the Scottish SPCA would create a conflict between its campaigning and prosecution roles that could damage public confidence in wildlife crimes investigations, the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscals Service (COPFS) has said. This view is shared by the Police Service of Scotland and the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA).Read more
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 319 wildlife crime incidents recorded in 2012-13, up from 307 the previous year.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
National firearm licensing campaign launchedPublished 13 October 2014A national firearm licensing campaign has been launched today (Monday 13th October). Police Scotland supports the campaign which aims to promote and educate firearm and shotgun certificate holders on the security of their weapons.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Scottish Natural Heritage agrees an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) with Police Scotland in relation to crimes against wild birds.