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Media Statement in response to Wildlife Crime Report 2017

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In response to the publication today (December 21) by the Scottish Government of the Wildlife Crime in Scotland Report 2017, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said:

“Today’s report once again shows a welcome decline in all types of wildlife crime.

“The report has also recorded very low levels of raptor persecution and a 56 per cent reduction in offences in the past year. This is a continuing and welcome trend in recent years and is due mainly to legislation and changed attitudes towards raptors along with work by gamekeepers, land managers and owners committed to conservation who have been working constructively with Police Scotland and government agencies.

“We recognise public concern over wildlife crime and there is always room for improvement. We also recognise concerns about the fate of missing satellite tagged birds and believe every effort should be made to establish the facts in these cases. Land managers and estates are willing to help when these cases come to light and we would support a more collaborative and transparent approach to monitoring of satellite tags.

“Wildlife crime is unacceptable wherever it happens and those who commit these acts should be dealt with forcefully through the very stringent legislation that is in place.

“We wholeheartedly support efforts to maintain progress and achieve even better results in future.”

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The Scottish Government’s Wildlife Crime Report 2017 can be accessed here: http://www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781787814967