In Pictures: Campaigners call for total ban on fox hunting
The League Against Cruel Sports, OneKind and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have been campaigning for the legislation to be improved.
Animal rights campaigners have converged on the Holyrood parliament to call for a total ban on fox hunting in Scotland.
The march is being held in Edinburgh city centre to urge the Scottish Government to strengthen the law.
Fox hunting with dogs was banned in Scotland through the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act in 2002, with an exemption for using dogs to flush out foxes for pest control or protecting livestock or ground-nesting birds.
Mounted hunts in Scotland have since offered farmers, landowners and estate managers a pest control service, but a review by Lord Bonomy found there were “grounds to suspect” fox hunting takes place illegally.
Ministers have consulted on the review’s recommendations, with analysis currently under way on the responses.
The League Against Cruel Sports, OneKind and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) have been campaigning for the legislation to be improved to close “loopholes” that allow for traditional hunting.
Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said: “Public support to really ban hunting in Scotland is overwhelming, with the vast majority completely opposed to the outdated, primitive cruelty of this so-called sport.
“As a nation of animal lovers we’re expecting a good turnout this weekend of people committed to marching for the foxes and hope that this will send a clear message to the Scottish Government that hunting has no place in modern society.
“Action is urgently needed to improve the law so we can consign hunting into the history books once and for all.”