Activities Involving Animals (Licensing)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Mr Mark Ruskell Mr Mark Ruskell Green

5. I apologise to members in the chamber: I need to leave early to attend a committee meeting.

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its response to its consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals. (S6O-03090)

Photo of Jim Fairlie Jim Fairlie Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government published its analysis of the response to the consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals on 16 February 2024.

Photo of Mr Mark Ruskell Mr Mark Ruskell Green

I thank the minister for the response and welcome him to his new position. Data from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain revealed that more than 22,000 dogs were injured and more than 800 were killed within a five-year period across the United Kingdom. That jaw-dropping figure shows that as long as greyhounds race around oval tracks at high speeds, they will continue to get seriously harmed or killed. Does the minister agree with the view of thousands of respondents and key organisations, including the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Dogs Trust, that the licensing of tracks would fail to address the inherent risks of greyhound racing?

Photo of Jim Fairlie Jim Fairlie Scottish National Party

I note that the consultation analysis showed that many respondents believe that greyhound racing should be completely prohibited rather than licensed. We will consider the issue further as Mr Ruskell’s proposed prohibition of greyhound racing (Scotland) bill progresses.