Kenneth Gibson joined animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports and Fergus the Fox to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the legislation which protects wild mammals from being chased and hunted for sport.
The SNP Government recently announced it will consult on strengthening the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act fifteen years since it came into force in 2002, following a review by Lord Bonomy.
A campaign by the charity to strengthen the Act has been supported by 15,000 members of the public who have signed an online petition.
"Having voted for the original Bill, back in 2001 I am pleased to back the findings of the independent Government report that calls for the hunting ban to be strengthened.”
Robbie Maryland, Director, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, added:
“Scotland is a nation of animal lovers and this is clearly demonstrated by the overwhelming support for our campaign to strengthen a law meant to prevent wild mammals being chased and killed for sport.
We warmly welcome the SNP Government’s commitment to consult on this, along with the support of MSPs who have joined Fergus the Fox to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Act and give their backing to the campaign."
The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity working to stop animals being abused and killed for ‘sport’.
The League carries out investigations which expose law-breaking and cruelty, works to change attitudes and behaviour through education, campaign for stronger laws and penalties, and managed sanctuaries to protect wildlife.