Scottish Labour is committed to strengthening wildlife protection law and animal welfare in Scotland and had a clear manifesto commitment to support a ban on Fox hunting in Scotland. We believe this is a view shared by the overwhelming majority of people living in Scotland – both urban and rural. It is a matter of regret that loopholes in the existing legislation have been exploited in recent years and for that reason new legislation is being brought forward.
However, we recognise that it is important to have robust legislation and when the bill comes before Parliament we will scrutinise the matter closely. We will work with all stakeholders on the matter , recognising however that Scottish Labour does have a clear position on the issue.