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scotland

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Petition to The Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon

Ban Trophy Hunting in Scotland

This October, a group of “professional” Trophy Hunters on a package hunting tour spent a month stalking wildlife on the Scottish island Islay. Photos of the tourists smiling and posing with the corpses of beautiful Wild Goats, Black Tams and Stags were then advertised on Twitter, sparking outrage up and down the country. Killing animals for trophies is brutal, inhumane, and flagrantly unnecessary. It should be banned in Scotland immediately. These people boasted of hunting a wild goat for two days and shooting it dead from 200 yards. Slaughtering defenceless wild animals with high tech weapons for the sake of a few likes on social media is entirely at odds with the values of Scottish people. It disturbs an ecosystem, and enforces human dominance on species that have coexisted symbiotically with locals for centuries. Scotland is internationally renowned for its untouched nature and progressive social climate - it is not an amusement park for out of touch, trophy-hunting tourists. Reading glorifying descriptions of this “fun hunt” I, like many others, was outraged. Whenever I’ve seen trophy hunting happening in other parts of the world I have always felt powerless to act.  Seeing this happening in my own country,  I recognised the opportunity at last to democratically put an end to some of this gruesome “sport”. These hunters have since been attacked online by many others who felt the same sense of outrage, but this issue is not about one specific event or person. I want to gather this collective outrage and direct it towards making a tangible, legal difference. For me, and many others, this incident highlighted an ugly flaw in our own laws. The most honourable response is to formally act, so that any of these people who don’t care about our wildlife never even get the chance to threaten them. Unless we ban trophy hunting immediately, more trophy hunters will keep coming and killing our beautiful wildlife for fun. Nicola Sturgeon has already said that she is reviewing the current situation around trophy hunting and considering whether changes to the law are required. While this matter has momentum, we need to gather as many signatures as possible to show how urgent and important it must be in Parliament. Please sign my petition to tell the Scottish government to ban trophy hunting immediately.  

Imogen Macleod
240,633 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Scottish Government, Michael Matheson - Cabinet Secretary for Transport Infrastructure and Connectivity

Urge the Scottish Government to seek a permanent solution for the A83 Rest and Be Thankful

For several years now, residents and businesses across Argyll and Bute and further afield have seen one of the main roads linking Argyll to the rest of Scotland partially closed off because of landslides. The Rest and Be Thankful section of the A83 road is an iconic stretch of road, with stunning scenery around it, and a long and proud history in the surrounding area. Above all else, it is a vital section of road, linking communities across Argyll to the Central Belt of Scotland, including Kintyre, Cowal, and Mid-Argyll. There have been multiple instances of landslides blocking this section of road over many years, and despite recent investment on landslide mitigation measures, these problems persist. Blockages to the road can be devastating for the local economy and for businesses, as well as being severely disruptive for local residents given the limited travel options available as an alternative to the A83. It is clear that a permanent solution is required, which ensures that the A83 is fully accessible all year round, and that the uncertainty caused by landslides is avoided as best as practicably possible. The community needs to come together, as one voice, to tell the Scottish Government that decisive action is needed now.

Donald Cameron MSP
330 supporters