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Threats on the further licensing of Game shooting

A MOTION to tackle raptor persecution by regulating the shooting industry was passed at the annual SNP conference. SNP councillor Jennifer Dunn brought forward a motion, saying that if the persecution of birds of prey could not be stopped voluntarily, the Scottish government must act by licensing the shooting industry.


Councillor Dun castigated those who make lots of money from game shooting suggesting that the fact raptors prey on game birds makes them a target, and highlighted the negative effect such activities have on Scotland's multi-million pound wildlife tourism industry.

Drawing on Scottish Government figures she stated that poisoning and other forms of persecution were on the increase, further pointing out that the Scottish shooting industry is very under-regulated compared to other northern European nations and that is something the government needs to consider if raptor deaths do not cease."


Climate Change and Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP seconded Ms Dunn's motion, saying the government had indicated licensing game shooting would be the direction of travel if persecution of raptors does not stop.


The motion was welcomed by RSPB Scotland's head of species and land management, Duncan Orr-Ewing, who perpetuated the RSPBs illogical call for action on managed grouse moors.


The Scottish Countryside Alliance strongly disagreed with the call to licence game shooting.


"Jamie Stewart SCA Director for Scotland said: As an active member for the Partnership against Wildlife Crime (PAWs) Crime we continue to tackle wildlife crime and push for legal solutions to resolve conflicts. In rejecting the full publication of the Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan, the RSPB has reinforced the view that it is motivated more by a dislike of grouse shooting than the desire to achieve a solution or indeed by a concern for hen harriers.


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