Foxes have been chased by hounds and shot in public forests after interventions by the rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, backing shooters.
Film footage of heather moorland on fire belching clouds of smoke across the Cairngorms has sparked fierce criticism of sporting estates.
A video of a dead fox being torn apart by a pack of hounds has been described by animal welfare charities as "abhorrent" and "barbaric".
Scotland’s tourist agency is coming under mounting pressure to cease promoting the shooting of thousands of mountain hares.
Over 70 birds of prey have been killed or gone missing at grouse shooting estates across Scotland since 2004.
A hedge fund manager who leads a fox hunt accused of breaking the law made several financial donations to leading Tory MPs.