MSP gives back­ing to Fer­gus the Fox

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

LEG­IS­LA­TION to pro­tect wild mam­mals from be­ing chased and hunted for sport may be strength­ened as it reaches 15 years since it made its way through par­lia­ment.

John Fin­nie, the Green Party MSP for the High­lands and Is­lands, has joined the League Against Cruel Sports and its mas­cot – Fer­gus the Fox – to mark the 15th an­niver­sary of the leg­is­la­tion.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced it will con­sult on strength­en­ing the Pro­tec­tion of Wild Mam­mals (Scot­land) since it came into force in 2002.

A cam­paign by the char­ity to strengthen the act has been sup­ported by 15,000 mem­bers of the pub­lic who have signed an on­line pe­ti­tion.

Mr Fin­nie said: ‘I’m very pleased to stand by Fer­gus the Fox and back the find­ings of an in­de­pen­dent gov­ern­ment re­port that calls for the hunt­ing ban to be strength­ened.

‘I op­pose fox hunt­ing and other cruel sports and will con­tinue to work for the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of an­i­mal wel­fare.’

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