Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: use of snares and powers of Scottish SPCA inspectors: Consultation

Closed 3 Oct 2023

Opened 22 Aug 2023


This consultation is seeking views on topics related to wildlife management and the Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill ("the Bill").

It is set out in 2 parts. Part 1 relates to the use of snares and cable restraints in Scotland and Part 2 addresses matters relating to the powers of Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (“Scottish SPCA”) inspectors. You can complete both sections in the consultation or only the section which is of interest/relevance to you.

The Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 21 March 2023.

In autumn 2022 the Scottish Government consulted on a range of proposals to be included in the Bill. The analysis of the responses to the Wildlife Management in Scotland consultation (the “consultation”) was published on 3 April 2023.

While this consultation included some questions on the use of snares in Scotland, the consultation paper noted that “…[the Scottish Government] may undertake further consultation on additional proposals to amend the legislation governing the use of snares, at a later date.”

It also noted that:

“Through an independent taskforce, [the Scottish Government will] consider whether the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) should be given extra legislative powers to investigate wildlife crime. This group will report before the end of 2022…Depending upon the recommendations of the review we may include provisions relating to the powers of Scottish SPCA in the Wildlife Management (Grouse) Bill, in which case a separate consultation with interested parties will be undertaken.”

Read the consultation paper

Why your views matter

We would like to hear from those affected by these proposals, including those involved in land management, predator control, and those with views on wildlife welfare and enforcement. 

We want to ensure that decisions on any ensuing legislation are made with a sound understanding of the issues and implications.

What happens next

After the consultation closes, we will analyse the responses to inform decisions on any ensuing legislation.


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