Scots falconer’s petition to be debated by MSPs

A SCOTS falconer’s name for the Scottish Authorities to amend its animal welfare laws has reached the ground of the Scottish Parliament.

In a gathering on Wednesday, the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee determined MSPs ought to debate Barry Blyther’s petition within the Parliamentary Chamber.

It calls on MSPs to amend the Animals and Wildlife Act 2020 to permit mountain hare attempting to find falconry.

Native falconry firm proprietor Barry lodged the petition in March 2021.

The Scottish Authorities handed the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020 with the intention of accelerating penalties for “severe animal welfare”, “wildlife crime” and “well being” offences.

Barry Blyther says the Scottish Authorities laws has grounded eagles for 2 and a half years.

The Act consists of fastened penalties for animal welfare and well being offences and in addition units out elevated fines or custodial sentences for sure wildlife offences.

The falconer says the laws, which got here into drive on March 1 2021, has “grounded” eagles and huge hawks which have spent their lives flying over Scotland’s mountains. 

He has additional claimed that falconers at the moment are susceptible to felony prosecution if their birds comply with their “most pure instincts” and catch mountain hares. 

Barry mentioned: “This laws was caused in a extremely questionable manner, sneaking it in at Stage 3 of the Invoice with completely no stakeholder session – it’s borderline unlawful.

“What shouldn’t be borderline is how it’s a catastrophe for mountain hares, falconers, skilled birds of prey and thus training about birds of prey.

“It’s a welfare catastrophe and it discriminates illegally towards falconers in comparison with, for instance, cat homeowners and even drivers.”

He added: “Luckily, Scotland has an nearly distinctive and democratic strategy to permit humble members of the general public to take the federal government to process over unlawful, wrongful or questionable laws or coverage.

“Utilizing this technique, the committee has proved itself extremely environment friendly and balanced, and after two and a half years and 6 hearings, our eagles’ welfare goes to be debated in parliament.”