New research in Scotland showing that docking the tails of working gundogs can prevent suffering from tail injuries has been welcomed by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
The Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Scotland. The consultation also seeks views on the re-introduction of a dog licensing system and the muzzling of all dogs when in public places. Lastly, suggestions are invited on legislative or other measures that might reduce dog fouling.
Scottish Natural Heritage has made last minute changes to the Scottish general licenses that will take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC is challenging the process and one of the decisions.
BASC has responded to a consultation on draft regulations for a plastic bags charging scheme in Scotland.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is proposing to make changes to the Scottish general licenses that would take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC recommends that no changes be made until 2015 due to the lateness of the consultation and the poorly developed proposals therein. The consultation closes on 18th November and a decision may not be announced until 15th December.
A new report from the Scottish Government has shown that crimes involving firearms are at their lowest level in a decade. Airgun crime is also continuing to fall – down 13% from last year and 75% since 2006-07 raising the question as to whether the Governments proposed licensing scheme is proportionate or necessary.
A grant from a wind farm community fund has allowed BASC Scotland to purchase a trailer-mounted system of clay-pigeon traps to make shotgun coaching more flexible.
Opposition to the Scottish Government’s plans to license all low-powered airguns will be demonstrated to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee when it is presented with a 21,000 signature petition on Tuesday 3rd September.