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U.S. Hunter Kills ‘Beautiful’ Goat. Now Scotland Is Scrutinizing Its Laws.

But to conservationists and animal lovers, there is simply no excuse for hunting.

Sarah Moyes, a spokeswoman for OneKind, an organization dedicated to ending cruelty to Scotland’s animals, said in an email: “It’s utterly shocking to see these images of Larysa Switlyk and other hunters posing for photos with the wild animals they killed on a recent trip to Scotland.”

She added, “This is not the kind of tourism we should be encouraging in Scotland, let alone allowing to happen in the 21st century.”

Among those who recoiled at the images that Ms. Switlyk posted was Judy Murray, the mother of the Scottish tennis star Andy Murray. Writing on Twitter, she branded the hunt “disgraceful”: “‘A unique hunt?’ Disgraceful. It’s a goat. And it’s in Scotland. On a beautiful island. Stop this pls @scotgov.”

Michael Russell, a member of the Scottish Parliament, said on Wednesday that he would raise the issue “as a matter of urgency” with the environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham. “If this is actually happening on #Isla, and laid on by some sort of tour company, I would want to see it stopped immediately,” he wrote on Twitter.

In response to the concerns, Ms. Cunningham vowed to look into clarifying or changing the law, writing on Twitter, “We fully understand why so many people find these images of hunted animals being held up as trophies so upsetting.” She also noted that “responsible” culling of animals for land management is a “necessary” part of sustainable land management and is not illegal.

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, also wrote on Twitter that the government would “review the current situation and consider whether changes to the law are required.”

It seemed likely that Ms. Switlyk, who wrote that she had been in Scotland more than a month ago, was well aware of the outrage unfolding because of her photographs. In posts on social media Wednesday, Ms. Switlyk wrote:

“I’m headed out on a bush plane for my next hunting adventure and will be out of service for 2 weeks. Nothing better than disconnecting from this social media driven world and connecting back with nature. Hopefully that will give enough time for all the ignorant people out there sending me death threats to get educated on hunting and conservation.”

Source: NYT > World

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