ECCLR Committee petition: PE01615 - State Regulated Licensing System for Gamebird Hunting

PE01615: State Regulated Licensing System for Gamebird Hunting 

Lodged 22 August 2016: Petition lodged by Logan Steele on behalf of Scottish Raptor Study Group calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to implement urgent action to introduce a state regulated system of licensing of gamebird hunting, that addresses the potentially adverse environmental impact of gamebird hunting, provides for the revocation or amendment of licences where a licence-holder fails to comply with their terms and conditions, and to implement the recommendations of the Review of Wildlife Crime Penalties in Scotland.

The Committee considered the petition on 31 January 2017 and agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on the petition.

At its meeting on 28 March 2017, the Committee considered petition PE1615 and agreed to take evidence from the Petitioner, Logan Steele and stakeholders at its next meeting on 18 April 2017. 

The Committee received written evidence from Scottish Land & Estates on 11 April 2017 ahead of the evidence session on 18 April 2017.

On 18 April 2017 the Committee took evidence from the Petitioner Logan Steele and stakeholders. The Committee agreed to consider the Petition at a future meeting.  The meeting papers, official transcript and minutes are availabe here:

The Committee considered the petition at its meeting on 23 May 2017 and agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on the petition. The Committee also agreed to keep the petition open pending a response from the Cabinet Secretary. The meeting papers and minutes are available here:

On 31 May 2017, the Committee received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announcing the publication of Scottish Natural Heritage's report Analyses of the fates of satellite tracked golden eagles in Scotland and setting out new measures in light of the key findings in the report. The Cabinet Secretary references the petition in the letter.

Ahead of its meeting on 23 May 2017, the Committee received the following evidence: 

On 21 June 2017, the Committee received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on the petition, in response to the letter the Convener sent on 24 May 2017. Read the letter and the response to the Cabinet Secretary:

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