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Scotland to review cull laws after hunting picture causes outrage

We are once again seeing wild animals being exploited in the name of sport. This is not the kind of tourism we should be encouraging.

CRISTINA ABELLAN MATAMOROS: ‘The Scottish government will review cull laws after an American tourist angered a lot of people on social media with a picture of her hunt on the Scottish island of Islay. Larysa Switlyk, a TV presenter on US channel Destination America, tweeted a picture of herself posing behind the wild goat she shot. Switlyk also shared a picture of her companion beside a white goat he hunted.

The picture drew criticism from users who called it “disgraceful” and “horrendous”. The animal welfare charity, OneKind, tweeted: “Instead of celebrating Scotland’s magnificent wildlife, we are once again seeing wild animals being exploited in the name of sport. This is not the kind of tourism we should be encouraging, let alone allowing to happen in the 21st century.”

Amidst the outage, local politicians called for a change in the law… Michael Russell, a local member of the Scottish Parliament, said he wanted this kind of activity “immediately stopped” in Islay… Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the government would review the situation and see “whether changes to the law were required”.’ SOURCE…

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