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Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill

It is against the law to hunt a wild mammal using a dog except in limited circumstances. This became an offence under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

This Bill replaces the 2002 Act. It will still be an offence to hunt a wild mammal using a dog except in limited circumstances. For example, hunting with dogs may be allowed to prevent the spread of disease or to protect other animals if the activity meets the requirements in the Bill about how it is done. However, it will always be illegal to chase and kill a wild mammal using a dog.

Where hunting is allowed, the Bill introduces new limits on the number of dogs that can be used. In some circumstances, people may be able to get a licence to use more dogs.

The Bill also bans trail hunting except in limited circumstances. Trail hunting is when a dog is used to find and follow an animal-based scent.

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill as introduced

The Bill is at Stage 2


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 1 on 25 October 2022

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Find out more about this committee

Submit your views

Views were gathered on the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill

Submissions were either:

  • Completing a short survey on the Bill; or
  • Sharing detailed views on specific provisions of the Bill. 

The call for views closed on 13 May 2022.

View responses to the Call for Views

Timetable

The timetable that the committee followed while examining the Bill at Stage 1

The Parliament agreed that consideration of the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 30 September 2022.

The lead committee published its Stage 1 Report on 27 September 2022.

On 28 September, the Parliament agreed that consideration of the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be extended to 28 October 2022.

The Stage 1 Debate will take place on 25 October 2022.

Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament

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Meeting on 1 June 2022
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Meeting on 8 June 2022
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Meeting on 15 June 2022
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Meeting on 22 June 2022
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Meeting on 29 June 2022
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Correspondence

The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill update on licensing scheme

Letter from the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan, to the Convener, 6 December 2022

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill - Scottish Government response to Stage 1 report

Letter from the Minister for Environment and Land Reform to the Convener, 21 October 2022

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 report

Letter from OneKind to the Convener, 5 October 2022

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Work by other committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting on 15 March 2022

Report published on 16 March 2022

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Scrutiny of Financial Memorandum

Committee report

The lead committee published its Stage 1 Report on 27 September 2022.

Stage 1 Report on the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill

The Committee received the following responses to its report –

Debate

MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

Meeting on 25 October 2022

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Vote

MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

Meeting on 25 October 2022

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Motion ref. S6M-06428

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Màiri McAllan, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, October 24, 2022

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Result 110 for, 1 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote Vote Passed

MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue