Section 1A — Exception: stalking and flushing from cover

Part of Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour 2:30 pm, 13th February 2002

I have spoken to representatives of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association about amendment 41 and about the general drift of the bill as it is developing. They are firmly behind the bill as it stands. I urge members to vote for amendment 41. Having spoken with the gamekeepers this morning, I understand that they are quite content that stopping the mounted hunts will help with the humane aspects that we have pointed out. [MEMBERS: "The gamekeepers are here."] Yes, I can see them. They have also pointed out that they want the assurance that their practices will be allowed to continue. That is also what is wanted by the Scottish Hill Packs Association and by the farmers, who want to be assured that they can continue to use terriers for pest control.

I urge members—