Rural organisations unite in letter to Scottish Government over mountain hare vote

Press Release

Scotland’s rural organisations have expressed ‘shock and dismay’ about the parliamentary process which has led to full licensing of mountain hare controls.

In a joint letter sent to Mairi Gougeon MSP, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment, the six organisations said that whilst they had supported the broad thrust of this new animal welfare bill, the last-minute amendment from Alison Johnstone MSP deliberately misused Holyrood procedures to avoid scrutiny and considered debate.

The organisations represented in the letter are Scottish Land & Estates, BASC, Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Association of Deer Management Groups, Scottish Countryside Alliance and SACS.

A copy of the letter is available to view here.