A controversial DVD on wildlife crime, which was made in 2006 and used by Tayside police as an educational tool in schools, has been withdrawn following a campaign by the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA).

SGA chairman Alex Hogg wrote to the Scottish Government and Iain Macleod, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ head of wildlife crime in Scotland, to have the DVD removed from schools with immediate effect.

In the letter Mr Hogg wrote: “We believe the comments made by Tayside police’s wildlife liaison co-ordinator Alan Stewart in this DVD could negatively influence opinion about gamekeepers and shooting and goes against the agreed objectives of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (PAW). I fear that the continued circulation of this DVD would seriously undermine the efforts we are making to build bridges between keepers and the police.”

The rest of this article appears in 9 December issue of Shooting Times.

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