NatureScot failing to enforce humane killing of beavers, say critics
NatureScot has been accused of failing to ensure that beavers are being killed humanely, with just one autopsy performed on the protected species last year.
Fig the beaver fights back to health after botched shooting
A beaver shot in Perthshire is recovering in the care of the SSPCA after it was found at the side of the road with facial wounds by a member of the public.
Scottish Animal Welfare Commission says no new greyhound tracks
The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission has recommended that no new greyhound tracks should be permitted in Scotland due to animal welfare concerns.
Animal welfare groups fear fox hunt law “loopholes” may be exploited
Animal welfare groups have voiced concern that new legislation on fox hunting in Scotland still contains loopholes that could be exploited.
Licences to kill foxes issued despite experts’ objections
Licences for a foot pack to kill foxes were issued by Forestry and Land Scotland despite strong objections from internal experts.
Forestry and Land Scotland criticised for allowing fox hunts into public forests
Animal welfare groups have condemned Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) for continuing to allow fox hunts into public forests which are home to protected species such as otters, wildcats and badgers.
Goat trophy hunting continues years after Scottish Government review vow
Scottish sporting estates are charging clients up to £1,000 to shoot wild goats years after public outrage over the practice prompted the Scottish Government to review shooting laws.
Snare traps killing and injuring pets and protected species, claims report
Seven snares were reported by the banks of the Highlands' River Conon alongside a ‘stink pit’ which contained the dead bodies of a lamb, a fox and two roe deer.
Scottish Government to consider regulating canine fertility clinics
The Scottish Government is to consider regulating canine fertility clinics following an investigation by The Ferret revealing that some offer veterinary procedures that critics say should only be performed by vets.