FOLLOWING the announcement today (Monday) by the Scottish Government of new measures to tackle illegal wildlife activity, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement:
Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive, said:
“As a fully committed participant in the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime, we unreservedly condemn wildlife crime and those who are convicted should face the full weight of the law.
“Measures clearly targeted at those guilty of such crimes are to be welcomed, however what is being proposed will demand a very robust evidence base. If the Scottish Government intends to move away from a criminal standard of proof in wildlife crime cases then this is a very serious move and deeply concerning for all land managers, especially as this may result in unfair restrictions on people’s livelihoods. The detail of any such proposals will be crucial.
“We very much welcome the clear statement by the Minister that he is keen to avoid placing an unfair burden on law abiding shooting businesses and that he accepts the Scottish Government and all PAW partners have a responsibility to avoid “allowing trial by leak and accusation”.
“Along with other industry organisations, Scottish Land & Estates will work with Government and law enforcement agencies to ensure any measures going forward are proportionate and targeted."