HUGE congratulations to Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone this evening after her amendment calling for protected status to be given to mountain hares (and thus effectively ending the slaughter of 26,000 on grouse moors every year) was passed, 60 votes for, 19 against.
[Photo by Steve Gardner]
Full credit to Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon for supporting the amendment.
More on this when the official report is published, and more on the finer details of the Animals & Wildlife Bill.
A lot of people have put in a massive effort on this issue over the years. For now, though, lets raise a glass to the late Professor Adam Watson whose meticulous five-decade research on the mountain hare has provided the evidence which finally led to this tangible and hard-fought-for conservation win.
Report of the meeting of Parliament, 17 June 2020 here: Report of meeting of Parliament 17June2020