The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has today issued a response in the wake of animal welfare charity, OneKind, releasing footage of a gamekeeper dispatching crows in a legal crow cage trap.
Crown Counsel refused to prosecute the individual because evidence submitted by a OneKind field officer was inadmissible as it amounted to surveillance.
Scottish Gamekeepers Association has clarified that the individual involved in the legal case is not a member of the organisation.
However, when pressed for a response, Chairman Alex Hogg said: “The Scottish Gamekeepers Association adheres to best practice when it comes to dispatching animals in legal traps and this information is distributed to members.
“Welfare is the key issue and the animal should be dispatched as quickly and humanely as possible.”