Motion ref. S5M-23253
Scottish Government Research Highlights the Abuse Faced by Gamekeepers
Submitted by: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Michelle Ballantyne, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett (Registered interest
), Donald Cameron (Registered interest
), Peter Chapman, Murdo Fraser, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
That the Parliament acknowledges the findings of research commissioned by the Scottish Government on the employment rights of gamekeepers; notes that almost two thirds of the gamekeepers surveyed reported that they had experienced verbal or physical abuse of some kind and that almost 80% said that they were less optimistic about their future; understands that a lack of government support and concerted anti-shooting campaigns were strongly referenced as an explanation for this negative outlook, and notes calls from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation for the Scottish Government to do more to support the country's gamekeepers to help ensure the long-term future of gamekeeping.