Improving the Protection of Wild Mammals in Scotland

Closed 31 Jan 2018

Opened 6 Oct 2017

Published Responses

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We recognised concerns about whether legislation on fox-hunting in Scotland is working properly. That is why we asked the Right Honourable Lord Bonomy to undertake a review to ascertain whether the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 is providing a sufficient level of protection for wild mammals, while at the same time allowing effective and humane control of mammals, such as foxes, where necessary.

Lord Bonomy’s report is an important milestone and represents a considered, objective and comprehensive examination of the issues. He outlines a significant number of potential improvements for the conduct of operations under the 2002 Act, and to the Act itself.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to ensure that decisions on any ensuing reforms to the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 following Lord Bonomy's review are taken with a sound understanding of the issues and implications.

Download the consultation paper.

What Happens Next

After consultation closes, we will analyse the responses and consider whether reforms to existing legislation are necessary.


  • People of Scotland


  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Farming and Rural
  • Law and Order