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".
New data has revealed more than 300 serious welfare breaches during live transport of animals in recent years.
Revelations that farmers and landowners in Scotland have been licensed to kill more than 4,000 ravens in the last four years have sparked a chorus of criticism from campaigners.
The use of cleaner fish on Scottish salmon farms as a treatment for sea lice should be suspended due to serious welfare issues, according to a report by animal rights campaigners.
Farmers blamed for blocking legal protection for beavers, allowing more to be shot.
Scottish Government minister Michael Russell said such hunting should be "stopped immediately".
The fish farm caught on film with lice-infested salmon has been reprimanded by the Scottish Government - but the move has been damned as “truly pathetic” by critics.
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.
Scarred, frayed and lice-infested salmon caught on film at a fish farm off the island of Lewis have prompted animal cruelty investigations.