Category Archives: Animal Welfare

Holyrood Dog of the Year

It was a joy to enter the Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017 competition, organised by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust. It was a brilliant afternoon, and great to see MSPs, Parliament staff, and passers-by meet lots of lovely dogs … Continue reading

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Snaring in Scotland

Many of constituents reached out to me recently, sharing their concerns with the practice of snaring in Scotland. I was keen to reassure those across South Scotland and beyond that I agree that snaring is cruel, indiscriminate and unnecessary. Snaring … Continue reading

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Dog’s Trust in Parliament

The Dog’s Trust popped into Parliament last week to discuss their Dog Manifesto and I was delighted to go and have a chat to them about it. During my time as an MSP I have done my best to support … Continue reading

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Snare Free Scotland

As Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, I am pleased to continue to fight for a snare free Scotland. Scottish Labour has a proud history of standing up for animal welfare, and we have been calling … Continue reading

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Whisper from the horse’s mouth?

On the Lang-whang, travelling on Saturday morning toward my party’s campaign conference in Slateford, I was  waved to a halt by a distressed woman. Ahead I saw that the hazard was a horse, loose and running on the road, where dangerous bends made … Continue reading

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Take micro-chipping action now

Last week I enjoyed a visit to the Clyde Veterinary Group at New Lanark Market to help encourage dog owners to micro-chip their dogs. In April next year it will become compulsory for dogs to be micro-chipped and the Clyde … Continue reading

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Fox Hunt claims must be investigated

The League Against Cruel Sports came to Parliament this week to reveal evidence suggesting that illegal fox hunting is continuing in Scotland. Under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, it is illegal to hunt a wild mammal with a … Continue reading

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Continued support for compulsory dog microchipping

In April 2016, the Scottish Government plans to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs. I have been supportive of this change of law since its introduction, and was pleased to have the chance to discuss it at the Cross Party Group … Continue reading

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Microchipping plans unveiled

Last week, I welcomed plans to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs in Scotland from April 2016. The change in the law was announced by the Scottish Government and will bring us in line with proposals being taken forward in England and … Continue reading

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Nature of Scotland Awards 2014 shortlist announced

Earlier this month I hosted and spoke at an event announcing the shortlist for the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. Now in their third year, the annual awards are an opportunity to showcase of the wide variety of initiatives being taken forward … Continue reading

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