Effective control of fox populations vital to Scotland’s farmingPress Release
Protecting livestock, wildlife and game from predation must be a key concern when considering any changes to legislation around fox control.
Scottish Land & Estates made the comments as part of its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the use of dogs to control foxes and other wild mammals in Scotland.
The rural business organisation said it believed the Scottish Government’s proposals in respect of fox control are unnecessary and contradict the conclusions of the expert independent review by Lord Bonomy.
A spokesperson for Scottish Land & Estates said:
“Organisations whose members are responsible for humanely managing the Scottish fox population to protect livestock, wildlife and game, are united in calling for no limit on the number of dogs that can be used when searching for foxes in accordance with the law.
“The experience of limiting to two the number of dogs that can be used in England and Wales since 2002, especially in forestry and rough terrain, is that it is ineffective and this was clearly confirmed in the report of the Scottish Government’s own expert, the Right Honourable Lord Bonomy.
“We would urge Scottish Government not to go down this route as it will render fox management almost impossible in many parts of Scotland, with massive impact on lambs, poultry and all ground nesting birds, and with no welfare benefit to the fox.”