PE01762: End the killing of wildlife on grouse moors and elsewhere in Scotland

Environment Energy

Petitioner: Libby Anderson and Bob Elliot on behalf of OneKind


Date Lodged: 13 November 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to conduct a full review of the animal welfare impacts of the use of traps and snares on grouse moors and elsewhere in Scotland.


Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (201KB pdf) 


5 December 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of Meeting 5 December 2019

10 September 2020: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee under Rule 15.6.2 of Standing Orders for consideration. Link to the Official Report of 10 September 2020

Written Submissions

Thousands of sentient animals suffer and die in traps and snares on grouse moors across Scotland, set in order to control predators or so-called "vermin" that interfere with sporting pursuits. 

Do we have any right to kill one type of animal so that another can be killed for recreation?

Should any traps be permitted for use against our wildlife?  

If so, how can an instant and humane death be guaranteed? 

Is it ethical or sustainable to keep killing the same type of animals, year after year, in the same location?

Our wildlife is under enough stress and this is an elitist pastime which takes a huge toll . It needs to stop causing death for sport is disgusting.

Patricia Wood

16:03 on 13 Nov 2019

The sad picture says it all.

Fiona Ord

15:17 on 13 Nov 2019

Wild life needs to be preserved for all our futures

Linda Gunnell

15:14 on 13 Nov 2019

I am angry that wild indigenous animals are wantonly killed, often in very cruel ways, by human beings who have no regard for the fact that all indigenous animals have an important role in keeping ecosystems healthy. Take one animal, plant or insect out of that ecosystem, and the ecosystem is disrupted. Please take the time to learn about the importance of helping indigenous animals to live as part of the natural environment.

Suzanne Spiers

13:43 on 13 Nov 2019

We need to protect our wildlife not destroy it in barbaric ways.

Lynn Milne

10:53 on 13 Nov 2019

When I walk on the moors I would like the chance to see Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles, Hares, Badgers and other British animals. The moors look pretty dead to me - and I can guess why!!

Betty (Elizabeth) Lee

8:37 on 13 Nov 2019

Gamekeepers are legally able to set cruel and outdated traps and snares to kill animals that are predators to red grouse, as they want as many red grouse available as possible for commercial shooting. Foxes, weasels and stoats are regularly targeted, but these traps are indiscriminate and domestic cats, dogs and badgers are also trapped. Tens of thousands of animals are killed each year on driven grouse moors. This cruelty has to end. Animals deserve to be respected.

Francisco Sanchez Molina

7:54 on 13 Nov 2019

This is sheer brutality these Animals suffer a Herendous Death it's just vile Evil and very cruel stop this mass murder of these endangered species .

Carole Fraser

7:03 on 13 Nov 2019

Needless killing of any animal is a disaster to nature . Their needs to be a balance.

Sharon L Ridlon

18:03 on 12 Nov 2019

We must protect our beautiful wildlife and learn to live alongside them. They are such special beings and I abhor they way in which they are killed.

Jan Webb

16:44 on 12 Nov 2019

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