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A good day for Scottish wildlife - Massive changes in Scottish wildlife laws

On Wednesday the 17th of June, Holyrood voted in new amendments and changes to wildlife laws, with strengthened protections for seals, birds of prey and mountain hares bringing and end to illegal persecution. Mountain Hares The new laws will prevent the unlicensed killing of mountain hares. Previously legal, mountain hares have been persecuted on the rolling hillsides of the grouse moors for years. Shooters have been filmed killing tens, sometimes hundreds of hares at a time, disseminating entire populations in a day of shooting. Scottish parliament previously had called for shooters to practice "voluntary restraint" when shooting the hares, however video footage suggests otherwise. The reasoning behind the killings of these hares, was population reduction, a self-proclaimed cull of the...

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Top 10 facts about foxes

Foxes are fascinating creatures, there's nothing quite like them in the UK. Well known for their intelligence and resourcefulness, these wonderful animals live across the UK in both urban and rural areas. 1. They can live up to 14 years. Foxes can live up to 14 years naturally. In the wild, foxes usually only live up to 4 years due to the difficulty of living in the wild; foxes are often targeted by hunters due to misconceptions about their dangers to livestock, but despite this populations generally continue to thrive across the UK. 2. Their scientific name is 'Vulpes Vulpes'. Which directly translates from Latin to 'foxes foxes'. However 'Vulpes' actually refers to a genus of 'caninae' or canines. 3....

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Why snares are so bad for wildlife.

What are snares? Snares are a form of basic trap, consisting of a loop usually made of metal wire. Snares are placed around common routes the desired animal takes and are designed to wrap around a limb, head or body of the animal and tightens around it, entrapping it until the animal is retrieved by the person who set the snare, or the animal dies. Are snares legal in the UK? Snares are legal in the UK, we are one of the few countries that still allow the use of snares as they've been banned across the world due to the slow and painful death that animals entrapped in them suffer. Self-locking snares are banned in the UK, but this...

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The effect of the pandemic on wildlife.

The amount of greenhouse gases and pollution has plummeted across the world. With flights cancelled and most people staying at home, wildlife has returned to cities and town across the world; boars in Barcelona, clear waters in Venice, these event only highlight the effects of humans on wildlife.  But unfortunately, not everything is good news. According to a report by Reuters, a tiger in New York's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for Covid-19, but is expected to make a full recovery. Many animals in captivity have been missing human interaction according to The Guardian, with animals still showing up to their usual 'meet and greet' appointments without prompt. What's been the effect on wildlife in the UK? Rare wildlife has been appearing...

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Hunting with hounds given the green light amid pandemic

The hunting office, the executive governing arm of hunting with hounds throughout the UK, has reportedly allowed hunting from the 1st of June, despite concerns nationwide about the pandemic. The traditional fox hunting season isn't until autumn, however the directive from the hunting office means that mink hunts will be allowed to go out during whats left of their usual season. Mink hunting is a banned practice in the UK, under the same laws that govern hunting with hounds, however evidence has shown that it still continues. Like fox hunting, mink hunts happen deep within the countryside along waterways, often out of sight of the public. Hunters use packs of hounds and walk either alongside or in the river, and...

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