Landowners will be prevented from mass shooting of mountain hares and salmon farmers face controls on sonic seal scarers - but beavers will still be killed.
A £3 billion fish farming multinational in Scotland has been officially reprimanded for animal welfare failures after more than 700,000 caged salmon died over three months.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is facing criticism after it decided not to punish a fish farming company caught on film with lice-infested salmon.
Surprise food safety inspections are to be stepped up at a Scottish slaughterhouse following a scandal in England.
A new campaign to force pet owners to neuter their cats to reduce suffering and save wildcats has won widespread support.
Thousands of farm animals have suffered in more than 700 serious breaches of welfare rules in Scotland over the last two years.