Animal welfare groups have voiced concern that new legislation on fox hunting in Scotland still contains loopholes that could be exploited.
Licences for a foot pack to kill foxes were issued by Forestry and Land Scotland despite strong objections from internal experts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fifteen greyhounds died and 197 injuries to animals were recorded at Shawfield Stadium between 2017 and 2020, according to new figures.
Animal welfare campaigners have voiced fears that canine fertility clinics cashing in on the booming puppy trade are offering veterinary procedures that should only be performed by qualified vets.
Foxes are still being chased by hounds and shot in public forests, despite outrage about the practice when it was revealed last spring.