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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 3 - Final changes and vote

MSPs can propose further “amendments” (changes) to the Bill. MSPs decide on each of these. Finally, they debate and vote on whether to pass the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 3 on 24 January 2023

Debate on the proposed amendments

MSPs can propose further “amendments” (changes) to the Bill. Amendments are “selected” (chosen for debate) by the Presiding Officer. MSPs then debate and decide on the amendments.

Documents with the amendments considered at the meeting held on 24 January 2023.


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Meeting on 24 January 2023 (Part 1)
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Meeting on 24 January 2023 (Part 2)
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Meeting on 24 January 2023 (Part 3)
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Final debate on the Bill

Once MSPs have debated and decided on the amendments, they debate whether to pass the Bill.

Meeting on 24 January 2023

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Final vote on the Bill

After the debate, MSPs vote on whether to pass the Bill.

Meeting on 24 January 2023

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Final version of the Bill

Motion ref. S6M-07600

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Màiri McAllan, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, January 23, 2023

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Result 90 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07608

Stage 3 Timetable

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, January 23, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Bill was passed on 24 January 2023