Section 1A — Exception: stalking and flushing from cover

Part of Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour 2:15 pm, 13th February 2002

Amendment 41 is perhaps the most important amendment that we will debate and vote on today. In The Daily Telegraph last week, Alex Fergusson revealed what Mike Watson had said in the Rural Development Committee meeting on November 13—that amendment 53K at stage 2, which inserted the phrase "or a dog", ran counter to the general principles of the bill that had been accepted at stage 1. Mike Watson warned that amendment 53K could be used for deliberately hunting with dogs.

I lodged amendment 41 as a result of considering the issue from an animal welfare perspective. As the SSPCA has pointed out—