9 August 2002

Scots hunt ban stays in place

A LAST-MINUTE attempt to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs in Scotland failed last week, and legislation came into effect, as planned, on Aug 1.

The previous day, the Court of Session in Edinburgh rejected a challenge from the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA), ruling that the ban was legal and that the Scottish Executive was within its rights not to provide compensation for anyone who lost their job.

The SCA had argued that the legislation breached European human rights law.

Allan Murray, director of the SCA, insisted that an appeal would be lodged. "We are very disappointed but not surprised with the decision at this stage and are determined to fight all the way," he said.

Peter Watson, head of litigation at Levy and McRae, the solicitors advising the SCA, said: "This case is not just about the right to hunt, it is about individual freedoms in the face of political correctness.

"It is about preserving the right of individual expression and personal freedoms. It is because of these fundamental issues that this case will be fought in every court until the right of the individual triumphs over political dogma." &#42