Fox hunting laws to be strengthened after review

The laws on fox hunting will undergo changes in accordance to a review on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. The existing legislation has been said to have inconsistencies which make the prosecution of offenses under the act complicated.

The Scottish government along with key stakeholders in the act will work together to build a new code of practice concerning hunting foxes. Primary changes to the act will bring the introduction of vicarious liability and reverse burden of proof provisions, an extension to the time limit for bringing prosecutions, the removal of inconsistencies and the improvement of definitions.

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