Animal protection in Scotland needs completely overhauled.

Supporters have been contacting us about the current consultation on amending the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

 

To put it plainly, the scope of this exercise is a slap in the face to us all. Human and non-human.

Rather than the desperately needed improvements that could have been introduced, we have suggestions such as fixed-penalties for “less serious” offences.

Justification for this idea includes sparing offenders the ordeal of a court appearance and a criminal record, and reducing the workload of the so-called justice system.

That’s how much our politicians really care.

The severity of cruelty that presently goes unpunished, or often uninvestigated, is staggering.

Despite government clarification in the document, we fear that “less serious” will end up including severe breaches. We believe that this tool will be misused by authorities looking to enforce legislation on the cheap.

Even the paltry increase in maximum sentencing’s a con act. We feel from experience that this is only being put forward as the Scottish Government is planning to scrap sentences under a year.

If the current maximum stayed in place this would effectively mean almost nobody would ever go to jail for harming an animal in Scotland.

Cruelty, neglect and downright sadism is going unchecked. No matter what you’re told by those in power and their pals, that’s the reality on the ground.

We would recommend contacting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon directly with views on how to strengthen the law; ceu@gov.scot

Scotland for Animals want to see;

 

All animals, including invertebrates, protected by law

A Maximum life sentence/ unlimited fine for animal cruelty

The creation of a dedicated Police Scotland unit to investigate animal cruelty and enforce legislation

The creation of a register for those convicted of cruelty

Statutory requirement for a multi-agency approach for reporting/ investigation

Scrapping of all time bars on prosecution

 

This is going to take more than patter and gestures from Holyrood. The whole system needs overhauled top to bottom.

Proper scope, proper prevention, proper enforcement, proper sentencing.

We’ll be at Lush, Buchanan St., Glasgow this Saturday (13th) to launch our campaign for real change.

Come in and find out how you can play your part in winning Scotland’s animals the protection they deserve.

 

 

Facial recognition study being rolled out in pig farms

Facial recognition technology is to be used in joint Scottish farming study to identify pigs’ emotional states.

It’s claimed that “By focussing on the pig’s face, we hope to deliver a truly animal-centric welfare assessment technique, where the animal can ‘tell’ us how it feels about its own individual experiences and environment.”, and that this will “reduce production costs by preventing impact of health issues on performance.”.

We’ll take a wild guess at how the pigs feel without the need for AI.

They’re miserable, they’re frightened and they’re devoid of hope.

And this is even before they’re carted off to the slaughterhouse.

It’s what happens when you take any sentient animal, human or non-human, and turn them into slaves and products.

Openly admitting the complex emotional and sensory capacity of a victim while profitting from their suffering, and their deaths.

This is where we are. It has to end.

 

Say No To Wallyford Track; Show your solidarity

The SNTWT team are getting a rough deal at the Cross-Party Group for Animal Welfare at the Scottish Parliament.

 

Sadly, the CPGAW long ago descended into farce, infested with shills and the cruelty lobby who ensure that real campaigners don’t have a chance.

This is a Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare which until very recently had the british association for shooting as secretariat.

This goes right to the heart of how industry and individuals are getting away with murder, literally, when it comes to Scotland’s animals.

Please go along and support the Say No To Wallyford Track Team if you can.

This is our fight, all of us.

 

For more details go to the SNTWT campaign page

 

UK death toll; January 2019

104 million, 977 thousand+ animals slaughtered.

 

239 thousand+ cattle

1 million, 177 thousand+ sheep

961 thousand+ pigs

102 million, 600 thousand+ poultry

 

Does not include other species such as deer and goats, “game birds”, aquatic animals or animals exported for killing.

 

Live exports; Back Zac’s amendment

At yesterday’s live exports demo Kay Hamilton, Dowager Duchess of Hamilton and SfA Spokesman John Patrick, approached MSPs to ask that they call for support for Zac Goldsmith’s amendment to the Agriculture Bill at Westminster.

Although we recognise that these are two distinct legislatures, we believe that if they truly care about a ban they would encourage constituents to approach their MPs to ensure the amendment’s success.

It was noted with concern that none of them (bar, to his credit, Colin Smyth) were even aware that the amendment was being proposed. Of even further concern was that on discovering this there appeared very little interest in it’s content.

Questions were then asked for clarification as to how MSPs intended to end live exports when it was a reserved matter.

On speaking to a member of parliamentary staff for the Scottish Greens we received what was felt to be a nebulous and unconvincing response.

Mid-conversation the member of staff excused themselves assuring that they would return. They didn’t.

The Director of Political Strategy for the Scottish Greens later approached us and was asked for answers. On our request for details, and after delivering an incoherent, evasive reply, the guy accused John of being aggressive and darted away.

This left us surprised to say the least.

On live exports, there are some politicians who are looking more and more like ghouls who won’t let suffering go to waste when there’s a chance of a good photo op.

Until these individuals can lay out a detailed and rational explanation on how they’re going to end live exports via the devolved framework, Scotland for Animals advise supporters not to waste their time with them.

Instead, please concentrate on pressing MPs at Westminster to back Zac’s amendment.

We would however encourage support for Colin Smyth MSP in his work to keep the subject in the public eye. The Scottish Government and it’s fellow travellers must be exposed and held accountable for support for the trade.

Contact your MP by following the quick steps here; https://www.writetothem.com/

 

SAMPLE TEXT;

I am contacting you regarding the live export of animals.

Could you please let me know;

Do you support a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter or fattening?

And If you do,

What action you will be taking to ensure the inclusion of provision for a ban in the Agriculture Bill?

Live exports; Please take action

Despite the shameful position of the Scottish Government, SNP Westminster Group and Scottish Conservatives, efforts are being made to bring about a ban on live exports.

Zac Goldsmith MP is moving an amendment to the Agriculture Bill to effectively end the trade. We need everybody to contact their MP and request that they support this.

SAMPLE TEXT;

I am contacting you regarding the live export of animals.

Could you please let me know;

Do you support a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter or fattening?

And If you do,

What action you will be taking to ensure the inclusion of provision for a ban in the Agriculture Bill?

Go to https://www.writetothem.com/ put in your postcode, and select to send to your MP.

Above is a photograph of a Scottish calf born on christmas day.

He was just over two weeks old when he was taken from his mother and transported to Ramsgate to be loaded onto the ship.

This can’t go on. Politicians need to stand up now or be held accountable.

For this wee one, and all the others, please take a few minutes to send your message.

Fireworks consultation; Speak up for animals

The Scottish Government is consulting on the control of fireworks.

We would urge you to respond with your views.

Fireworks can cause severe suffering to animals, and people impacted by trauma.

This isn’t about ruining anybody’s enjoyment. When the negatives are taken into account the free availability of devices is unacceptable.

Scotland for Animals supports;

* A ban on the public sale of fireworks.

* A ban on the discharging of fireworks without a licence.

* Any devices discharged should be of reduced noise type.

* Criteria for any licence should recognise potential impact on animal welfare.

A request should be made for any necessary legislation outwith current powers to be devolved.

Information on the consultation can be found here

You can also submit your views directly to FireworksConsultation@gov.scot

State that your submission is in relation to “A consultation on fireworks in Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views”.

Please ensure that you complete the respondent information questionnaire. Go here and click on “Supporting files” on left hand side of page.

If you have examples of incidents where fireworks have caused pain or distress include details of these in your submission.

Get in touch with us if you want advice or support with making your views known.