An annual Boxing Day hunt has prompted the Scottish Greens to resume their name for an outright ban on foxhunting in Scotland.
The Lanark and Renfrewshire Foxhounds hunt set off from Meadow Park Equestrian Centre in Houston Renfrewshire, on Monday, a day later than deliberate resulting from Boxing Day falling on a Sunday – historically a hunt-free day.
One of many hunt “masters” Sheila Gillespie, who has been main the hunt for greater than 20 years, stated about 20 riders adopted on horseback with about 50 individuals becoming a member of the occasion from the native village.
She stated “just a few” saboteurs had been out in protest, however “not sufficient to disrupt the hunt going forward”.
They had been pictured following the riders and hounds carrying backpacks and spray bottles.
In response to the annual occasion, Scottish Greens spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP referred to as once more for an outright ban on hunts in Scotland.
He stated the Monday Lanark and Renfrewshire hunt ought to “should be the final”.
“Whereas the killing of foxes for sport utilizing searching canines was meant to have been banned in 2002, the truth is that loopholes within the regulation imply that little has modified,” he stated.
“Hunts nonetheless exit, pursuing and killing foxes, with tons of of foxes nonetheless regarded as killed by searching canines.
“Even all through the pandemic, whereas many people have been restricted to our houses by unprecedented public well being measures, hunts have continued.
“The fox is an iconic native species.
“It’s time we introduced an finish to the merciless observe of searching by eradicating all of the loopholes that had been constructed into the present laws, giving Scotland the outright ban on fox searching that the general public needs.
“Right this moment’s Boxing Day hunts should be the final.”
Foxhunting in Scotland is at present managed by the Safety of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act which got here into power in 2002.
This enables hounds to flush out foxes however to not kill.
Ms Gillespie stated the hunt works underneath the most recent Scottish Authorities steerage for foxhunting.
She confirmed no foxes had been killed on the day.
“We had just a few saboteurs out,” she stated.
“Of their defence they weren’t an enormous drawback for us this time, there weren’t sufficient to disrupt the hunt going forward.
“Typically we’ve points with them however at the moment was OK.”
A spokesperson from Police Scotland stated officers had been conscious of the hunt going down, however no arrests had been made.
The Scottish Authorities has been approached for remark.