Landowners and farmers are licensed to kill more than 1,300 brown hares every year during the breeding season, prompting accusations that their young will be left to starve to death.
Special licences allow protected species in Scotland such as hedgehogs, mountain hares and birds in decline to be killed or disturbed.
Surgical gloves used in hospitals across Scotland are made in factories where forced labour, long hours and “union-busting” have been reported.
Three quarters of large goods vehicles run by Scottish councils have not been fitted with the braking system recommended after six people were killed by a bin lorry in Glasgow
Nicola Sturgeon pledged to deliver gender balanced boards on all Scotland's public bodies in 2015. Since then 80 women have joined the board room, but many public bodies still typically pay women far less than men.
The Care Inspectorate has upheld more than 100 complaints against private sector care home provider, HC-One, in the last three years, the Ferret can reveal.
A Scottish Government decision to hand a £300k contract to PA Consulting has been described as 'worrying' after the firm was accused of overcharging taxpayers.
Thousands of farm animals have suffered in more than 700 serious breaches of welfare rules in Scotland over the last two years.
A leading academic who advised the Scottish Government on fracking says the industry has been “fatally undermined” by a UK Government policy U-turn.