Scottish petitions committee to hear more evidence on licensing of gamebird hunting

img_20161027_115416Two weeks ago, representatives from the Scottish Raptor Study Group and RSPB Scotland gave compelling evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee, advocating the need for the licensing of gamebird hunting across Scotland (we blogged about it here).

Today, the Petitions Committee reconvened and discussed how they were going to move forward with this petition (see video here, starts at 1:05:43).

Having received further communication from the Scottish Moorland Group and BASC (see here), the Petitions Committee has now agreed to hear oral evidence from these two organisations before referring the petition on to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee for further scrutiny.

The content of the latest letter from the Scottish Moorland Group (part of Scottish Land & Estates) and BASC is totally predictable, especially in light of their press statements issued immediately after the oral evidence given by the SRSG and RSPB Scotland. BASC accused the petitioners of making “inflammatory and far-fetched claims” (see here) and Scottish Land & Estates claimed that regulation was “unnecessary” (see here).

In their most recent letter, both organisations ask to be given the opportunity to tell the Committee about “the progress of existing regulatory measures and initiatives“. Ah, that’ll be the Heads up for Hen Harriers partnership-working sham (see here), the Wildlife Estates Scotland sham (two accredited estates [Invercauld & Newlands] have recently been at the centre of wildlife crime investigations), and the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime sham (e.g. see here and here). We can’t wait to hear the shameless propaganda being spewed forth in this evidence session!

On a related note, there is news about the Scottish Government’s review of gamebird licensing systems in Europe, which is expected to highlight just how unregulated gamebird shooting is in Scotland (and England/Wales) in comparison to regulation currently applied across Europe. More on that shortly….

Photograph of SRSG & RSPB Scotland petitioners at Holyrood, L-R: Patrick Stirling-Aird, Andrea Hudspeth, Logan Steele, Duncan Orr-Ewing

13 Responses to “Scottish petitions committee to hear more evidence on licensing of gamebird hunting”

  1. November 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    In a perfect world this would be a debate about facts…sadly this is most certainly not a perfect world [its not even a perfect Scotland!]…so the government response to our overwhelming case will come down to landowners blackmail on other political issues, wilful ignorance to produce an easy life and unquestioned lies to make a false economic case…oh yes… and the usual “prove it” line from the very people who make crime investigation and court room justice more difficult using every dirty trick in the book. The SNP are in the frontline here – will they show some steel?..Im doubtful…

  2. 2 Toby Beadle
    November 10, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    So you never indulge in “shameless propaganda ” ?

  3. 4 Dylanben
    November 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    No doubt the findings in the Scottish Government’s review on gamebird licensing systems in Europe would be equally relevant in relation to the unsatisfactory state of affairs which exists in England – as was amply illustrated on 31st October.

  4. November 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    As petitioners should there not be the opportunity to rebuttal or clarification of the superlative ridden waffle that they will spout? If not we should be briefing a line of questions that exposes their hot air.

  5. 6 Nimby
    November 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    It’s always fascinated me that throughout the rearing process pheasants are deemed to be livestock, yet when released they are wildlife, if any are caught up at the end of the year then they return to be classed as livestock.

    • 7 hector
      November 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      A bit like the red deer in the highlands. If you shoot one you are a poacher as it belongs to the land owner but if it trashes your garden it is a wild animal and if you hiit and kill one in your car tough and the council has to get rid of the body.

      • 8 heclasu
        November 11, 2016 at 3:05 am

        For once I agree with you pal!!

      • November 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

        Well said Hector. The fact that your chances of hitting a deer and at very least get serious damage to your car, and at worst get killed, are dramatically increased by the estates practice of maintaining grossly bloated populations of red deer is a national scandal. Either an incredible blind spot or putting public health and safety as well as ecological health of the land behind Victorian mentality.

  6. 10 Paul V Irving
    November 11, 2016 at 8:19 am

    So different to what happened in London on 31st October.Yes the landowners and BASC will spin lies, fantasy and misinformation into a case. We need Government to be strong and see this for what it is factless bullshit, we in England hope that Scotland can lead on this one and shame our tory tossers in Westminster. BASC’s Duncan Thomas talks of Moormyths but they would stop if he stopped spouting them!

  7. 11 I C T
    November 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Yet another missing harrier , yet again in a National Park, yet again in a grouse moor are.

    • 12 Paul V Irving
      November 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Indeed any harrier in upland in autumn/winter must have a very low survival expectancy probably close to zero. This is when the real damage to harrier populations is done not when they are breeding.

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