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Caithness News Bulletins February 2004
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ROB GIBSON MSP CALLS FOR NEW
GAMING LAW 10 February 04
"The archaic Game Laws first passed in the early 19th century still preclude game birds such as black grouse, ptarmigan, red grouse and partridge from full legal protection."
The legal protection regime needs to be extended to cover game birds without threatening well-managed shooting for example, wildfowling. But the Game Laws need abolition as they perpetuate the privilege of shooting estates to lord it over countryside users and fail to protect several of our native species.
"The EU case against the UK should be a call to action by the Scottish Executive if the self-proclaimed policy green strand is for real."
Written questions lodged by Rob Gibson At the
S2W-6029 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to classify black grouse, ptarmigan, red grouse and partridge, as protected species of wild birds, as defined by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
S2W-6030 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has in respect of the decline in numbers of black grouse and ptarmigan.