A number of petitions, some of which have been live for several years and are of significant interest, will be considered next week at the Scottish Parliament.
The cross-party Environment, Climate Change, and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) will be reviewing the status of these petitions that had previously been forwarded by the Petitions Committee. As we edge towards the end of the Parliamentary session, it may well be that the ECCLR Committee is trying to clear the decks – one of these petitions has been live since 2013!
Here’s the list:
PE1750: Independent monitoring of satellite tags fitted to raptors (submitted by Scottish Gamekeepers Association)
PE1755: Ban all single use plastics across Scotland (submitted by Stephen Henry)
PE1758: End greyhound racing in Scotland (submitted by Scotland Against Greyhound Racing)
PE1751: Create no wild camp zones in Scotland (submitted by Kirsteen Currie)
PE1762: End the killing of Wildlife on grouse moors and elsewhere in Scotland (submitted by OneKind)
PE1815: Translocate protected beavers to reduce licensed killing (submitted by Trees for Life)
PE1490: Control of wild goose numbers (submitted by Scottish Crofting Federation)
PE1615: State regulated licensing system for gamebird hunting (submitted by Scottish Raptor Study Group)
PE1664: Greater protection for mountain hares (submitted by OneKind)
PE1636: Require single use drinks cups to be biodegradable (submitted by Michael Traill)
PE1705: Wildlife crime – penalties and investigation (submitted by Alex Milne)
Certainly, some of these petitions could now be considered obsolete because progress has since been made, undoubtedly helped along by the petition itself. One of the petitions – the SGA’s embarrassingly ill-informed one about the monitoring of satellite tags fitted to raptors, will be discussed on here in the coming days.
The ECCLR Committee will meet on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 and I’ll add a video link here for those who wish to watch live proceedings. The official transcript will also be posted here when it becomes available.
UPDATE: The documents for the meeting on Tues 23rd February have now been published and are available to download here:
UPDATE 21st February 2021: Summary of petitions under consideration by Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee on Tuesday (here)
UPDATE 22nd February 2021: Scottish gamekeepers’ petition calling for independent monitoring of raptor satellite tags is ‘fact-free nonsense’ (here)