Grouse shooting will be banned on sporting estates where birds are prey are being illegally killed, the Scottish Government has announced.
Two new incidents in which birds of prey are alleged to have been illegally killed on a sporting estate in southern Scotland are under investigation by the police.
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.
The Scottish Government is going to ban the fish farming industry from shooting seals to save a £180 million export business to the US, The Ferret can reveal.
An animal welfare charity has launched a legal challenge to stop the Scottish Government from allowing young calf exports all the way from Scotland to Spain.
Formal monitoring of Scotland’s most precious wildlife by the Scottish Government’s nature agency has been slashed more than fivefold over the last decade.
A video showing a fox being chased by a pack of hounds in Scotland has been released as animal welfare charities up the pressure on the Scottish Government to tighten foxhunting legislation.
New data has revealed more than 300 serious welfare breaches during live transport of animals in recent years.
Animal welfare charities have welcomed the result of the consultation.