Date lodged: 24 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported recent cases of illegal raptor persecution, what action it is taking to address wildlife crime in the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 November 2018
The investigation of wildlife crime is a matter for Police Scotland.
The Scottish Government set out a number of measures to tackle wildlife crime in the 2017-18 Programme for Government. These included:
Additional resources for Police Scotland to tackle wildlife crime;
Setting up an independent group to consider how to ensure that the management of grouse moors is environmentally sustainable and compliant with the law;
The commissioning of a research project to examine the impact of large shooting estates on Scotland’s economy and biodiversity;
Implementing increases to penalties for wildlife crime, as recommended by Professor Poustie in his report published in November 2015.
These commitments have been completed or are underway. The increase in wildlife crime penalties will be taken forward during the course of this Parliament.