The Scottish Government has today (Friday 29th June) published its analysis of the consultation on reforming the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act. The consultation was launched last year following recommendations made by Lord Bonomy in a review of the Act.

The consultation received 18,787 responses, with 98% of respondents supporting a real and effective fox hunting ban, including but going beyond Lord Bonomy’s proposals for reform.

Harry Huyton, Director of OneKind, said:

“The huge response to this consultation is yet another demonstration of the strong public support for a fox hunting ban. The Scottish Government now has a clear and strong mandate to stand up to the hunting lobby and press ahead with a ban.”

“Fox hunting was meant to have been banned in Scotland in 2002 and yet it continues much as it did. A real ban is now long overdue and is needed not just to protect foxes from this cruel sport, but to preserve the credibility of the Scottish Government. When smoking in public places was banned it stopped. We don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask that the fox hunting ban stops fox hunting.”

Notes to editor:

  1. OneKind is Scotland’s leading animal campaigns charity working to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals. OneKind works to expose cruelty and persecution through investigations and research covering Scotland’s wildlife, farm animals and pets. Find out more about our work at onekind.scot
  2. Analysis of the responses to the consultation on improving the protection of wild mammals can be found here.