Date lodged: 9 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle animal cruelty.
Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 26 July 2018
The Scottish Government takes animal welfare seriously and is continuing to take forward its Programme for Government 2017-18 commitments to provide the highest standards of protection for all animals.
To date the Scottish Government has consulted on a modern system of registration and licensing of animal sanctuaries and rehoming agencies with legislation being prepared; consulted on the introduction of compulsory video recording of slaughter at abattoirs in Scotland; agreed guidance with welfare stakeholders to tightly control the use of electronic dog training collars; is preparing for consultation on dog, cat and rabbit breeding and dealing; held an evidence based social media campaign to enhance public awareness of the irresponsible or illegal breeding and sale of dogs in preparation for a wider marketing campaign later this year; and is seeking primary legislation which will permit the maximum sentences for cruelty to domestic and captive animals to be increased.
The Scottish Government has also committed to increase the maximum available penalties for wildlife crime offences during the current Parliament, including those involving cruelty to wild animals.