A 28-year-old man who kept and trained dogs for fighting has been sentenced to 210 days' imprisonment, banned from keeping animals for 15 years and fined £1,800 for firearms offences. Rhys Davies, a former gamekeeper at Millden Estate near Glenesk, was sentenced at Forfar Sheriff Court after p
A father and son have been sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work for animal welfare offences, illegal puppy farming and a consumer protection offence involving multiple identities to sell puppies on Gumtree. At Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday, Samuel Ronald Hessin and his son Samuel Arthur Hessin were
Animal abusers could be jailed for up to five years if they upload content depicting their cruelty to social media. Judges have been told to give out heavier sentences if people convicted of animal cruelty share media of such acts online, like West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma. The RSPCA is prosecuting
Protecting foxes, hares and other wild mammals from being chased and killed by packs of dogs is the purpose of the Scottish government’s new Hunting with Dogs Bill. The bill will replace existing legislation in this area, making the law clearer and closing loopholes.
Legislation to end the harmful practice of setting ‘glue traps’ is to be brought forward by the Scottish government in order to protect animal welfare. The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC) undertook a review of the use of glue traps and concluded that there are significant anima
Three Aberdeenshire men have been sentenced after admitting using dogs to hunt wild hares. Peter Anderson, Philip Starr and Phillip Wilson, all from Macduff, had previously pled guilty to wildlife offences at Forfar Sheriff Court.
Police managed to solve a mere two per cent of dog theft cases in the UK last year.
The critically endangered flapper skate is to gain further protection following the urgent designation of a new marine protected area (MPA) within the Inner Sound of Skye. The site will protect a nationally important flapper skate egg nursery area, which is the largest of its kind to be identified i
Animal welfare campaigns charity OneKind has welcomed the introduction of legal protection for mountain hares. As of today, it will be illegal to intentionally kill, injure, or take mountain hares at any time unless a licence is obtained.
New measures to increase the maximum available penalties for the worst cases of animal cruelty have come in to force. The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020 increases the maximum penalty for the most serious animal welfare and wildlife crimes to five years i
Rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon has announced plans for research into the use of empathy training, which could form part of community sentences imposed on people convicted of certain offences against animals.
More than £1 million has been clawed back from fraudsters selling puppies on the black market in Scotland. A taskforce established by HMRC in 2015 to tackle the problem found people selling the dogs on a mass scale for large, undeclared profits.
New Regulations will be drafted to modernise the current licensing system for domestic animals, rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon said today. The announcement follows a positive response to a Scottish government consultation in which 96.8 per cent of respondents said they support the regulation o
The Eurasian or European beaver will be added to the list of European Protected Species of Animals, protected under Scots law. This means that from 1 May 2019 shooting will only be allowed under licence, which will be managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). All licenses will be issued in accorda
Legislation is to be brought forward this year requiring abattoirs to install CCTV in all areas where live animals are present. The proposal was backed by the vast majority of respondents to a recent consultation carried out by the Scottish government.