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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.

The Bill ended Stage 3 on 24 January 2023


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Stage 2 - Changes to detail

MSPs can propose changes (“amendments”) to the Bill. The amendments are considered and decided on by a committee.

The Bill ended Stage 2 on 14 December 2022

Submit your views

The lead committee held an additional Call for Views during Stage 2.

The Call for Views closed on 9 November 2022.

View responses to the Call for Views

Who spoke to the lead committee at Stage 2

MSPs met with people in committee meetings to discuss what the Bill will do.

Minutes of 16 November 2022
Minutes of 23 November 2022
Minutes of 30 November 2022

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Meeting on 16 November 2022
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Meeting on 23 November 2022
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Meeting on 30 November 2022
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First meeting on amendments

Documents with amendments considered at the meeting held on 7 December 2022.


Meeting on 7 December 2022

Minutes of proceedings

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Second meeting on amendments

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 14 December 2022.


Meeting on 14 December 2022

Minutes of proceedings

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Bill as amended at Stage 2

Additional information from the Scottish Government on the Bill following Stage 2