The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency told farmers that beavers were “good to eat and could be used for taxidermy”.
Rules for the live export of animals in Scotland must be improved to match new standards proposed for England and Wales, say critics.
An investigation has been launched into a video showing a stag being shot and killed in a Highland loch.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency is under attack for including images of dead beavers - including one displayed by children - in shooting lessons for Tayside farmers.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating the death of a beaver in Perthshire just two days after the season for lethal control of the animals opened.
A major French sports retailers with stores in Scotland is embroiled in controversy after being accused of "promoting and profiting" from the "slaughter" of songbirds including threatened species.
Campaigners are contemplating legal action alleging animal cruelty after a video showed farmed salmon being deloused by a floating washing machine.
The amount of salmon killed by diseases and other problems at fish farms has reached record levels, with death rates quadrupling over the last 18 years.
Sporting estates are drawing up plans to lobby for blanket permission to shoot more birds to stop them eating salmon, according to a leaked document.