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updated 22/10/01

Earlier this month, following confirmation received that the Rural Development Committee of the Scottish Parliament would shortly be considering amendments to the first part of The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill, The Kennel Club wrote to all Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), expressing concerns that had been raised by Members of affiliated Scottish Clubs.

The Kennel Club has requested that the MSPs consider all aspects of the dog and owner's welfare when considering amendments to The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill. It was also highlighted that Field Trials in Scotland are well supported and attract a large, dedicated following, which contributes in a significant way to the rural economy in various areas of Scotland.

Said KC Secretary Caroline Kisko, "As the Licensor of Field Trials in Scotland we are concerned at the possibility that the Bill in its current form would affect the sport, and pet owners could be affected since it would be an offence if the dogs followed their natural instincts and flushed and chased a hare, fox or deer."

The Kennel Club has begun to receive favourable written responses from the MSPs and it is envisaged that consultation will be on going.

19 October 2001
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