Newly-elected Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has hit the ground running by lodging a series of parliamentary questions relating to wildlife and wildlife crime:
Question S5W-00044, Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party); Lodged: 09/05/2016:
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the culling of mountain hares on estates practising driven grouse shooting.
Question S5W-00043; Lodged 09/05/2016:
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the reintroduction of the European beaver to Scotland.
Question S5W-00042: Lodged 09/05/2016:
To ask the Scottish Government how many European beaver autopsied since January 2016 were (a) pregnant and (b) lactating.
Question S5W-00029: Lodged 12/05/2016:
To ask the Scottish Government when it will announce its decision regarding the reintroduction of the European beaver and what steps it has taken to ensure that the decision complies with the EU Habitats Directive.
Question S5W-00031: Lodged 12/05/2016:
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S40-05291 by Aileen McLeod on 21 January 2016 (Official Report, C8), what plans it has to implement each of the recommendations of the Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group and when it will do so.
Question S5W-00030: Lodged 12/05/2016:
To ask the Scottish Government when it will announce its decision regarding extending the powers of the Scottish SPCA to tackle wildlife crime.
The answers to all these questions are due 26/05/2016.
Mark Ruskell MSP was already on our radar as someone who’d be likely to stand up for the issues we care about (e.g. see here) so we’re pleased to see, now he’s been elected, he’s getting down to business and applying some political pressure.
The new Environment Minister (yet to be appointed) had also better be prepared to hit the ground running.