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August 11th 2017: ACAL has been successful in its campaign to stop the Moffat Sheep Races. Read about it on our second article for August on the ACAL website

 

August 9th 2017: After a month of getting no-where with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish SPCA, ACAL has asked the Scottish Cabinet Minister with responsibility for animal welfare to intervene to stop the Moffat Sheep Races going ahead this coming Sunday. Read the ACAL plea to Roseanna Cunningham on the ACAL website

 

July 29th 2017: ACAL has hit a setback in their campaign to stop a sheep racing event in southern Scotland. For more about the event and how you can help, follow the link to the ACAL site article

 

July 29th 2017: John Robins has asked ACAL supporters to lobby Highland Council in a bid to save animals from neglect at the Black Isle Animal Park. Read more on the ACAL site's news section

 

July 5th 2017: On the 13th of August some unlucky sheep may have hand-knitted jockeys strapped to their backs and then be forced to run around the streets of the town of Moffat in Scotland. This breaches the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and Animal Concern Advice Line is trying to stop it. Read more on the ACAL site's news section

 

June 13th 2017: Prior to a Parliamentary Debate on the issue Animal Concern has aasked Members of the Scottish Parliament to do more to ensure the Scottish Government properly complies with Freedom of Information laws. Full details here

 

May 18th 2017: On the first day of their discussions on the new Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, John Robins, as Secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line, offered MSPs some advice based on his 37 years of campaigning on the issue. More here

 

April 19th 2017: The Scottish Government still seems confused over the ban on fish imports into the USA. Wearing his Save Our Seals Fund sou’wester John Robins has tried to explain it to them one more time. Read his e-mail to MSPs here

 

April 5th 2017: The Scottish Government has confirmed that legislation to ban the use of “wild” animals in circuses is still on the cards. More here

 

March 26th 2017: In the wake of the landmark admission by Scottish Government Agency SNH that snares cause animals “unnecessary suffering” Animal Concern Advice Line has written to Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and her shadows in other political parties asking that the Scottish Government finally act to ban the use of all snares in Scotland. Full details here

 

March 15th 2017: Animal Concern has marked the 25th anniversary of Scottish salmon being awarded the French Label Rouge accolade by writing to all MSPs. John Robins told the politicians that recent revelations about massive increases in pollution from salmon farms suggest that putting red warning labels on farmed salmon would be far more appropriate. Read more here

 

March 15th 2017: Animal Concern and Save Our Seals Fund joined forces to ask coastal local authorities in Scotland to refuse any planning applications for new salmon farms or the expansion of existing farms. Our reasons for doing so can be found in our press release here

 

February 28th 2017: John Robins had a few favours to ask of supporters today. He also told them about a demo planned for March 16th. Read more about it here

 

February 14th 2017: Animal Concern has made a St Valentine's day plea on behalf of Pandas and Polar Bears in Scotland. More about that here

 

February 5th 2017: Animal Concern is backing the campaign to have animal circuses banned in India. The way things are going the ban may be achieved in India long before the promised ban in Scotland. More here

 

January 22nd 2017: Animal Concern has asked the four leading cinema chains in the UK not to screen the film “A Dog’s Purpose” because of cruel mistreatment of one of the canine stars of the movie. Full details here

 

January 15th 2017: Animal Concern Advice Line is urging the public to sign a petition in The Scottish Sun on Sunday calling for licensing of animal rescue centres. You can read more about it here

 

January 11th 2017: Save Our Seals Fund is not happy at the Advertising Standards Authority for rejecting their complaint against an Aldi TV ad for Scottish salmon. Full details here

 

January 9th 2017: Animal Concern kicked-off the New Year by sending supporters some good news. More here

 

December 6th 2016:Wearing his ACAL cap John Robins has asked the police to investigate an allegation of animal cruelty against the Scottish SPCA. Full details here

 

December 6th 2016: John Robins has asked our supporters to raise the subject of modern day Scottish “pirates” with their MSPs. It will make more sense if you read his e-mail here

 

December 4th 2016: John Robins decided supporters shouldn’t have a lazy Sunday and sent them a request to lobby politicians on a few important issues. More here

 

November 28th 2016: Animal Concern has yet again asked the Scottish Parliament to scrap the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002 and finally ban fox hunting in Scotland. Full details here

 

November 1st 2016: The Secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line had some mixed news for supporters today. This included his failure to stop a controversial petting zoo opening in the Highlands, news of the sudden resignation of the controversial CEO of the Scottish SPCA and a not very controversial move to give English goldfish the same protection their Scottish cousins have had for ten years. More here

 

October 31st 2016: Our very own creature of the night John Robins has asked supporters to lobby MPs at Westminster in a bid to get improvements in animal welfare legislation. He has also backed an Animal Aid campaign to persuade Arthritis Research UK to stop funding animal experiments. More details here

 

October 20th 2016: The ASA are investigating the Save Our Seals Fund complaint about a current Aldi television advert. You will find the letter from the ASA here and the SOSF response to that letter in the press release here

 

October 19th 2016: John Robins urged supporters to sign a petition to the International Whaling Commission and took the chance to reminisce about the time Greenpeace boats were saving whales on the River Clyde. Find out more here

 

October 19th 2016: John Robins has written to supporters with details of some petitions needing signed and an update on his complaint to the Advertising Standards Association over the depiction of salmon on a current Aldi television advertisement. More here

 

October 15th 2016: In his role as Secretary of Save Our Seals Fund John Robins has raised the issue of seal shooting salmon farmers right in the middle of fish farming territory. You can read the latest coverage of the campaign in an article in the Stornoway Gazette here

Link opens to http://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/ article, published October 15th 2016

 

October 10th 2016: John Robins of Animal Concern has been quoted in a newspaper story about a fellow animal welfare organisation Chief Executive. You can read the story on the Sunday Post website here

Link opens to www.sundaypost.com article, published October 10th 2016

 

September 29th 2016: John Robins has his Animal Concern Advice Line mortarboard on again and has made a last minute submission to the Scottish Government consultation on measures to conserve wild salmon stocks. You can read his submission here

 

September 29th 2016: As Secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins is still concerned about the sources of advice being used by the Scottish Government. You can read the latest episode in this saga here

 

September 27th 2016: John Robins may have to change his Save Our Seals Fund sou’wester for a hard hat as explaining the new USA fish importation rules to the Scottish Government involves a lot of cranial contact with brick walls. Read his latest attempt at Government enlightenment here

 

September 25th 2016: As Secretary of SOSF John Robins has had a letter published in The Sunday Herald in a bid to clarify the situation regarding Scottish salmon farms and their future trade, if any, with the United States. You can read his letter on the Herald website here

 

September 23th 2016: John Robins remains busy in his role as Secretary of Save Our Seals Fund. The Scottish Government seems very confused over the legal situation regarding future exports of fish from Scotland to the USA. John clarifies the situation for them here

 

September 16th 2016: Following reports that the Royal Family having been using serving soldiers as grouse beaters at private shoots John Robins decided to use Freedom of Information laws to try to get to the truth of the matter. You can read his e-mail to the Secretary of State for Defence here

 

September 16th 2016: Wearing his Save Our Seals Fund sou’wester and wellies John Robins has asked the Advertising Standards Authority to determine whether or not the latest television advertising campaign from Aldi is misleading. Scottish salmon sold at Aldi is RSPCA Assured. The RSPCA Assurance scheme does not guarantee that seals have not been shot at the salmon farm but it does guarantee that salmon in the farm cages get a wee bit more space to swim around in than at other floating factory fish farms. However if you use the link below you will see that the salmon in the advert get a lot more space than those in a farm cage. Indeed they don’t appear to be in a factory farm cage at all and would therefore be best described as wild salmon. Misleading? What do you think? The TV advert is available on-line. Just click on the picture of the sky diving granny (you may have to refresh the page to find her) and watch the advert. If you scroll down the page you’ll see a still from the ad which clearly shows the salmon are not in a farm. You’ll find all that here

Link opens to marketingweek.com Video accompanies advertising write up and interview with Marketing Director Adam Zavalis. Published September 8th 2016

 

September 14th 2016: Following recent revelations in The Sunday Post newspaper John Robins, in his role as Secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line, has once again asked the Scottish Government to make all snares illegal in Scotland. More here

 

September 13th 2016: Animal Concern is backing a local protest group in Aberdeen who are campaigning against a shop selling fur in the Granite City. More details here

 

September 11th 2016: John Robins has written to supporters to tell them about a wee campaign success which could cost Scottish salmon farmers well over £200 million a year in lost exports. More here

 

August 12th 2016: Check out the PS on this mailing to learn about a very successful Animal Concern campaign. Read it here

 

August 11th 2016: John Robins had some interesting things to tell supporters on the eve of the Inglorious 12th of August. Find out more here

 

July 31st 2016: We have asked the Home Secretary to rescind the license issued to allow the killing of 10 buzzards. More here

 

July 31st 2016: We have made a Freedom of Information request to try and find out why Natural England have granted a license for the killing of 10 buzzards. Full details here

 

July 13th 2016: In his position with Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins has welcomed the new Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform to her post and asked her to take care of some outstanding matters left in her inbox by her two predecessors. You can read our message to the Cabinet Secretary here

 

July 3rd 2016: John Robins pulled on his Save Our Seals Fund wellies to try and kick-start the Scottish and Westminster Governments into protecting our marine environment and the fish which inhabit that environment when we come out of the EU. Full details here

 

June 30th 2016: Highland Council has been asked by our colleagues at Animal Concern Advice Line to refuse The Highland Wildlife Park a Public Entertainments Licence. Full details here

 

June 22nd 2016: For two years John Robins, in his role with Animal Concern Advice Line, has been campaigning to have a zoo in the Highlands closed or vastly improved. There was a major development in that campaign earlier today. Read about it here

 

June 12th 2016: John Robins congratulated supporters for helping to advance our cause. More details here

 

May 23rd 2016: The Scottish First Minister has created a new cabinet post. Roseanna Cunningham is the first Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform with responsibility for “Climate change, flood prevention, water quality, land reform, physical and marine environment, sustainable development, biodiversity, natural heritage, environmental protection, environmental and climate justice, national parks, Scottish Water and The Crown Estate”. It has also been confirmed that her remit will include “ …. welfare issues affecting wild animals, domestic pets and animals kept in captivity and for over arching animal welfare issues.”.

Fergus Ewing MSP was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity with responsibility for “Rural Scotland, Highlands Islands Enterprise, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, food and drink, crofting, transport, connectivity including 100 per cent broadband.” It has been confirmed that his remit will include “ …. the welfare of agricultural animals”.

It’s not quite 100% of what we asked for (see news item below) but it is a great deal more than we thought we would get.

 

May 7th 2016: Animal Concern has asked The Scottish First Minister to create a new cabinet post, a Minister for Animal Welfare and Environmental Conservation. You can read our press release and our e-mail to the First Minister here

 

May 3rd 2016: Wearing his Animal Concern Advice Line mortar board John Robins recently made submissions to two Government consultations. You can read his submission (typos included) on the consultation on angling here and his comments on the consultation on relaxing the law on tail docking of dogs here

 

April 16th 2016: Animal Concern is using the Freedom of Information Act to try and find out more about the fate of animals trapped under the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan. More here

 

April 16th 2016: Animal Concern has asked the Lottery Heritage Fund to end their financial support for the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan following the disclosure that feral cats and genetically impure Scottish Wildcats are to be killed as part of the project. You can read our request to the Lottery Heritage Fund here

 

April 12th 2016: How do the Scottish Government and Edinburgh Zoo neuter cats? With a shotgun of course. Read more here

 

April 3rd 2016: Animal Concern has asked for the postponement of a meeting between controversial wild salmon netting company Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd and officials from Government agency Marine Scotland. Last year Usan pled guilty to numerous breeches of salmon conservation legislation and were fined £7,000. The company and members of their staff are currently under investigation regarding further alleged criminal activity including wildlife crimes.

There are more details in our press release and our e-mail to the Scottish Government which you can find here

Jenny Green of The Hunt Saboteurs Association Seal Guardian Campaign also issued a statement. Read it here

 

March 30th 2016: As Secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins has asked supporters in Scotland to participate in the review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. You can read his appeal to supporters and his own submission to the review here

 

March 2nd 2016: John Robins has donned his Save Our Seals Fund Sou’wester to call for protection for the large seal colony at the mouth of the River Ythan north of Aberdeen. He has asked SNH to do more to protect the seals which are within an area supposedly managed by SNH as a wildlife reserve. He has also asked the Coastguard not to fly their helicopter too close to the seals. Full details here

 

February 8th 2016: Wearing his Animal Concern Advice Line cap John Robins has asked all Scottish MPs to support a Bill aimed at saving exotic animals from a life of suffering in the circus. Full details here

 

February 3rd 2016: Animal Concern has asked the Scottish Government to bring in immediate protection for all beavers in Scotland after the Sunday Herald disclosed that several beavers, including lactating females, had been shot. You can read our plea to the Environment Minister here

 

January 26th 2016: John Robins has asked supporters to back 3 campaign initiatives. Scottish supporters have been asked to take part in a consultation on the use of electric shock collars for dogs. Glasgow supporters have been urged to persuade their Council to provide more consumer information on sentient slaughter of animals and UK supporters requested to sign a petition against the horrific killing of dolphins in Japan. Full details here

 

January 20th 2016: Animal Concern has written to the main political parties in Scotland asking them to include promises for improved animal welfare and conservation legislation in their manifestos for the Scottish Parliament elections this May. You can read our letter to the political parties here and you will find our updated animal welfare “shopping list” here

 

January 2nd 2016: Just before Christmas John Robins snail mailed supporters with some campaign news. You can read his letter here You will find our manifesto “shopping list” for the Scottish General Election here

If you live in Scotland please write to political parties ASAP and ask them to include at least some of our requests in their manifestos. When your candidates are announced please write to them and ask them to support our list of actions required to make Scotland a better place for animals.

John also asked people to renew their Animal Concern Membership for 2016. If you are a lapsed Member or if you have never been a member please read our membership form here

If you are not in full time work it only costs £5 to join. If you are working it is £10 and if you are under 16 it’s just £2.00 a year. Please join by downloading, completing and posting in the form or simply heading to the Support Us section of this site

 

December 8th 2015: Under the auspices of Animal Concern and Save Our Seals Fund John Robins has written to the Chief Executives of Aldi, Asda, Co-op Group, Co-op Food, Farm Foods, Iceland, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Selfridges, Tesco and Waitrose to ask them to take action to stop the killing of seals by their suppliers of Scottish salmon. Read it here

 

November 18th 2015: John Robins has asked supporters to back numerous initiatives. Full details here

 

October 15th 2015: In his position as Secretary of the charity Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins recently asked supporters to lobby both the Scottish and American Governments. More about that here

 

October 11th 2015: John Robins has been critical of the high salaries paid by some animal welfare groups. You can read the full story on The Sunday Post website here

 

October 10th 2015: Animal Concern has queried the accuracy of the latest figures issued by the Scottish Government on the number of seals killed under Government Licence in the first six months of this year. More here

 

October 9th 2015: ITV national news featured one of our campaigns. We need supporters to take some action to use this publicity to further our objectives. More about how to do that and links to the TV report can be found here

 

October 8th 2015: John Robins sent supporters a brief update on some current campaigns: details here

 

September 20th 2015: George Pullar pulled as Government advisor but Animal Concern dismisses move as a Pyrrhic victory. Full details here
Responces from Marine Scotland linked in article Response 1 Response 2

 

September 9th 2015: Animal Concern has renewed the call to the Scottish Government stop using wildlife criminals and their representatives as advisors on wildlife issues. More here

 

September 3rd 2015: Animal Concern has renewed its call to have wildlife criminals removed as advisors to the Government on wildlife law. More here

 

September 3rd 2015: In his position as Secretary of the charity Animal Concern Advice Line, John Robins has asked the Scottish Government to take urgent action to protect the welfare of sheep on Scottish farms following the revelation that tens of thousands of animals are dying every year. More here

 

August 21st 2015: Animal Concern has asked the Scottish Government to remove a convicted wildlife criminal from a committee advising the Government on conserving wildlife. More here

 

August 20th 2015: Freedom of Information victory for Animal Concern.

The Scottish Information Commissioner has ordered the Scottish Government to provide Animal Concern with information relating to sealice infestations on salmon farms in Scotland. Animal Concern asked for the information after a Government scientific advisor publicly stated that his Department had warned the Government that lice from salmon farms were damaging wild salmon stocks. The Government had continually denied this was the case.

John Robins of Animal Concern states; “I’m very pleased that yet again the Scottish Information Commissioner has ruled that the Scottish Government has been wrongly withholding information about salmon farming. If advisors warned the Government that sealice plagues from fish farms were damaging wild salmon stocks I will want to know why no action was taken. It could be another six weeks before I find out if the Government will provide the information they have been ordered to release and that will be 19 months after I first asked for it. The Scottish Government continually abuse the Freedom of Information system causing unnecessary delays and increased public expense. Someone should remind Ministers that they are elected and paid by the Scottish public, not the Norwegian owners of the salmon farms polluting our seas and shooting our seals.”.

 

July 19th 2015: John Robins calls for an overhaul of Scottish laws on hunting. Scotland on Sunday Letters 19-07-2015 Link leads to Scotland on Sunday site
 

July 12th 2015: The Sunday Express has reported on our appeal to Scottish MPs over the attempt to destroy anti fox hunting laws. The article is on The Sunday Express website SNP Urged to Vote Against Fox Hunting
 

July 11th 2015: Wearing his Animal Concern Advice Line tie and tails John Robins has appealed to Scottish MPs to stop the full-blown cruelty of fox hunting being re-introduced to England and Wales. You can read his appeal to the politicians here
 

July 9th 2015: We congratulate Don Staniford of Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquacultures (GAAIA) for his successful campaign to force the Scottish Government to disclose details about which salmon farmers and netsmen are shooting seals.

Through Animal Concern and Save Our Seals Fund John Robins has been supporting the GAAIA initiative by supplying information and lobbying for release of the Government paperwork. A ruling by the Scottish Information Commissionaire means we will now learn how many seals have been reported as shot and where the shooting has taken place. As the Government does not monitor or police the shooting in any way this ruling means we will be able to match up eyewitness accounts of seal shooting incidents with the numbers the shooters enter in the “honesty box” reporting system.

Here are some links to the many reports on the ruling:

Televison

Scottish Goverment Ordered to Name Fish Farms Where Seals Were Shot STV North, 8th July 2015

Written Reports

Campaigners Welcome Ruling on Seal Shooting Disclosure BBC News, 8th July 2015

Mark Smith: A Right to Know Who is Guilty of Barbarity HeraldScotland, 9th July 2015

Salmon Farms that Slaughter Protected Seals to be Named and Shamed after Landmark Ruling The Independant, 7th July 2015

Fish Farms Which Shoot Seals can be Named and Shamed Commissioner has Ruled The National, 8th July 2015

Scottish Ruling on Seal Culling Data to Name and Shame Salmon Farmers undercurrentnews.com, 8th July 2015

Seal Ruling Could threaten Farm Workers' Safety fishfarmingxpert.com, 8th July 2015

Seal Death Ruling shetlandnews.co.uk, 10th July 2015

Please note: BBC radio programs no longer availible

 

July 7th 2015: Animal Concern issued a press release today condemning the Scottish Government for being too close to those who exploit our wildlife and natural environment for fun and profit. Full details here
 

June 29th 2015: John Robins has been busy on the seals front during this last week. When he heard that Prince Charles was flying to Islay to have a dram or two he asked HRH to honour a previous promise to avoid low flying near the Kildalton seal sanctuary where lots of common seal mums are nursing their pups. The day before the trip helicopter pilot Flight Captain Marcus Brooks phoned John who helped him plan a flight path which avoided the seal breeding colony. You can read John’s letter to Prince Charles here
 

June 28th 2015: Wearing his Save Our Seals Fund sou’wester John also wrote to Dr Aileen McLeod MSP the new Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. John brought her attention to the video evidence of seal shooting at salmon netting stations which brave Sea Shepherd activists obtained earlier this month. You can read John’s e-mail (it includes links to the Sea Shepherd video) to the Minister here

Here is a link to media coverage of the Sea Shepherd campaign: Seal-shooting wars: reports sent to fiscal Note: Link leads to Herald Scotland site. Article posted on the 28th of June
 

May 22nd 2015: In his position with the charity Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins has asked supporters to complete an on-line survey from The Woodland Trust to make it clear that while most people support moves to increase the area of native woodland in Scotland many of us don’t want to see deer and other animals killed as a cheaper alternative to installing proper fencing and tree guards. Read more about this here
 

April 30th 2015: In his roles with the charities Animal Concern Advice Line and the Save Our Seals Fund our Secretary, John Robins, has made a controversial submission to the Scottish Government consultation on proposed new laws to help conserve wild Atlantic Salmon. John believes the new proposals are being rushed through and he would rather more time and scope was given to formulate better proposals. He claims this exercise could be used to conserve all fish stocks, eliminate many of the more controversial and cruel aspects of angling, reduce the number of wildlife casualties inadvertently caused by anglers and stop the deliberate persecution of predators by angling concerns. One of his main objectives is to bring about the end of commercial salmon netting in Scottish river estuaries. You can read the ACAL and SOSF submission here
 

April 22nd 2015: Animal Concern has urged all Members of the Scottish Parliament to take part in a debate which could lead to the strict control of air weapons in Scotland. Full details here
 

March 31st 2015: Animal Concern has asked Scotland’s First Minister to introduce new legislation to stop zoos indulging in cruel and unnecessary breeding programmes such as the panda breeding fiasco at Edinburgh Zoo and the new attempt to produce a polar bear cub at Highland Wildlife Park. We have also asked Nicola Sturgeon to legislate to liberate animals from the confines of travelling circuses. If you live in Scotland please write to the First Minister and your own MSPs urging them to take action quickly to end this exploitation. You can read our message to Nicola Sturgeon here
 

February 23rd 2015: Animal Concern has asked all MPs representing Scottish constituencies at the Westminster Parliament to back calls to make it illegal to slaughter animals in the U.K. without first rendering them fully unconscious. If you live in Scotland why not ask your MP if s/he took part in the debate and if they support the call for a total ban on sentient slaughter. More details here
 

January 27th 2015: Animal Concern has made a submission to the Scottish Government consultation on land reform. Read our submission here
 

January 20th 2015: Animal Concern Advice Line (ACAL) today issued a warning to dog and horse owners after stormy weather and high tides exposed the most toxic plant in the UK. Read more about it here ACAL has produced a poster warning people of the dangers of Hemlock Water Dropwort. If you live in an at risk area please print out some posters and ask local pet shops, grooming parlours, vets and equestrian centres to display them. You can view and then download the poster here
 

January 16th 2015: Animal Concern has asked people to take part in the Scottish Government consultation on the future of land reform in Scotland. More details here
 

January 13th 2015: Wearing his Animal Concern Advice Line hat John Robins has had a bit of a victory against a zoo owner who neglected his animals. However the case exposes major flaws in the Zoo Licensing system. More about it here
 

January 10th 2015: Urgent appeal asking Aberdonians to sign a petition against deer culling within the city. Details here
 

December 11th 2014: The Save Our Seals Fund suffered a blow yesterday when the Rural Affairs Committee threw out the Petition asking for a ban on shooting seals in Scotland.
More details here
 

December 9th 2014: John Robins has been wearing his Save Our Seals Fund Sou’wester again. The petition against seal shooting is being considered by the Scottish Government tomorrow (10th December) and SOSF has a new fund-raising venture. More details here
 

December 1st 2014: The Sunday Post and Scotsman newspapers have covered our call for Edinburgh Zoo to pull out of the Giant Panda breeding programme after video emerged showing a panda cub being hit by a member of staff at the main Chinese panda research centre. You can read our e-mail to Edinburgh Zoo here, view the short video here and read the Scotsman report here
Note: 2nd Link leads to clip posted on Terry Burke YouTube channel Nov 2014, 3rd Link leads to article on Scotsman site, published 30th November 2014
 

November 28th 2014: Animal Concern and Save Our Seals Fund have made a joint submission to the Government Consultation on allocation of Scottish fish quotas.
The organisations are calling for a radical change in policy from the Government. Full details here
 

November 27th 2014: Animal Concern has asked a Nottingham fishmonger to improve conditions for the lobsters and crabs they sell and to stop selling frogs legs. Read more about it here
 

November 26th 2014: Moles massacred and circus vote result. More here
 

November 25th 2014: Wearing his SOSF Sou’wester John Robins has once again questioned the RSPCA over their policy of allowing Freedom Food endorsed salmon farmers to shoot and kill seals. You can read his e-mail to the RSPCA here
 

November 2014: STV North covered the protest by local campaigners at the circus winter quarters in Aberdeenshire. If you watch carefully you will see the lions displaying stereotypic behaviour in their small cage. The clip will be available on the STV player for the next few days and you can access it here
Note: Link leads to article on STV News site, report first shown on STV News 16/11/2014
 

November 2014: Animal Concern sent a message to the people demonstrating outside the Aberdeenshire croft where some lions and tigers are spending the winter.
You can read our message here
 

November 11th 2014:Scottish Government to consider banning animal circuses. More on the STV website here Note: Link leads to article on STV News site, posted 11/11/2014
 

November 2014: STV News reports - Charity 'extremely concerned' about lions and tigers at Scots farm. Includes John Robins commenting on behalf of Animal Concern. Watch report here
Note: Link leads to article on STV News site, report first shown on STV News 07/11/2014
 

November 2014: Animal Concern has asked MSPs, Scottish MPs and our supporters to take action to save animals from the suffering caused by the restraints of the travelling circus life. Full details here

November 2014: STV News reports - Charity 'extremely concerned' about lions and tigers at Scots farm. Includes John Robins commenting on behalf of Animal Concern. Watch report here
Note: Link leads to article on STV News site, report first shown on STV News 07/11/2014
 

October 2014: Update on changes to discussion time of Seal Petition and more info on the crofters and cats here
 

October 2014: John Robins has sent Members and supporters a message about his petition against seal killing which will be discussed at the Scottish Parliament on October 28th. He has also lodged a complaint against the Government for withholding information about sealice, provided an update on moves to give more legal powers to the Scottish SPCA and there’s something about crofters and cats as well. Read it here
 

October 2014: Wearing his Animal Concern Advice Line bunnet John Robins wrote to the Scotsman about animal act circuses. You can read his letter on the Scotsman website here
 

October 2014: See the latest message to our supporters here
 

October 2014: Animal Concern supporters have been urged to back our call to devolve control over live animal experiments and to support World Animal Day events on October 4th. More here
 

September 2014: Animal Concern has asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to include laws governing the use of animals in research in proposals to devolve more powers from Westminster to Holyrood. You can read our e-mail to Lord Smith here
 

September 2014: Animal Concern has urged supporters and other groups to vote yes in the Scottish referendum. Full details here
 

August 2014: As Secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins has made the following submission to the Scottish Government consultation on giving extra legal powers to SSPCA Inspectors. ACAL Submission: here
 

July 2014: In his capacity as Secretary of the charity Animal Concern Advice Line John Robins has called upon the Scottish Government to investigate a new five point protocol to eradicate lameness which causes great suffering in tens of thousands of sheep every year. Read the email here
 

July 2014: Animal Concern condemns panda politics at Edinburgh Zoo. Scotsman article here Note: Link leads to article on Scotsman site, published 8/7/2014
 

July 2014: John Robins recently wrote to our supporters to warn them about internet scammers trying to defraud pet lovers and to ask people to back actions against live animal experiments. More here
 

June 2014: In his Report to Members at our Annual General Meeting on June 14th our Campaigns Consultant urged our Scottish supporters to vote yes in the Independence referendum on September 18th. Read what he had to say here
 

May 2014: In his role as Secretary to the Save Our Seals Fund our John Robins has accused a Scottish Government Minister of being unfit for purpose. Read John's communication to supporters here
 

April 2014: The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has been criticised for once again resorting to artificial insemination in a bid to get their female Giant Panda, Tian Tian, pregnant. Press release and letter here
 

April 2014: Tesco stores made to remove signs promoting Scottish produce on displays containing meat from other countries. Press release here
 

March 2014: Following another mass escape of farmed salmon into the wild the Scottish Government has been asked to ban marine fin fish farms and move all production to on-shore enclosed pond and tank systems. Press release and letter here
 

April 2007: The Scottish Executive are holding a public consultation into the Licences they issue to allow people to cull many species of birds. Animal Concern believes these Licences have been issued illegally for many years and the proposed changes will not alter that. You can find out more here
 

March 2007: Animal Concern has made a request under the Freedom of Information Act to try and find out how the misnamed “Scottish Seals Forum” was established. Read more about it here
 

March 2007: While the world is focused on the horrors of the Canadian seal hunt the Spring Animal Concern News shows how seals in Scottish waters are also being persecuted and killed. Read that and other stories here
 

March 2007: The Westminster Government is proposing radical changes to the Freedom of Information Laws. These would introduce hefty charges, greatly reducing our ability to use these laws which have been very effective for us during the short time they have been in force. Read our submission here
 

February 2007: Following the embarrassing but very welcome U-turn on hedgehog culling by Scottish Natural Heritage we have asked the First Minister to instigate an independent investigation into the management of SNH and their use of public funds. We are concerned at SNH giving public money to the Mar Lodge which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland who promote deer stalking and grouse shooting on the land. We also believe SNH are failing to police the issuing of licenses to cull birds. You can read our letter to Jack McConnell here
 

February 2007: A pod of Orcas has been seen feeding in the Firth of Forth. It might be no more than a coincidence but this rare visit from these magnificent whales comes in the wake of news that seal numbers have collapsed in the whales’ usual feeding grounds around the Northern Isles. We have asked Scottish Environment Minister Ross Finnie MSP to bring in an immediate ban on the shooting of seals around the Scottish coast. Find out more here
 

January 2007:  Animal Concern’s membership is at its lowest number in over 100 years. Despite our appeal for new members at the end of 2005 numbers have continued to fall. We need more members if we are to survive in this our 131st of campaigning. If you are not a Member or Supporter please consider helping us by joining Animal Concern. You can print off a membership form or send an online donation here
 

January 2007: The Scottish Parliament is considering establishing one or two Marine National Parks on the Scottish coast. We believe this is not enough to protect our fragile marine ecosystem. It’s a bit like asking a parent to pick their favourite child and leave the others to be neglected. In conjunction with the Save Our Seals Fund we have requested that Scotland’s entire coastal environment be protected. You can read what we have asked for here
 

January 2007: The charity Enable Scotland has launched a fund-raising campaign aimed at persuading the public to fund their work rather than animal causes. Our Campaign Consultant is also Secretary to two animal charities and he spoke out in defence of the work of animal charities. You can read what he had to say here
 

January 2007: We have recently responded to a Scottish Executive Consultation on whether or not to allow animals to be mutilated for various reasons. Naturally we oppose such cruelty but hold out little hope that the Executive will ban these practises. You can read our response here
 

January 2007: The Scottish Parliament is considering amending the laws on using snares in Scotland. You can find out more about this and make your own submission to the consultation (it closes on February 28th) on the SEERAD consultations website. Animal Concern wants the use of snares totally banned. You can find out why by reading our submission here
 

November 2006: Animal Concern backs the PETA campaign on bearskin busbies. Read more here
 

October 2006: Yet again the Scottish Parliament has failed to fulfil a published commitment to consult on updating licenses to kill birds in Scotland. Are there major problems within SEERAD? Read our letter to the Minister here
 

September 2006: Following a hellish case of cruelty to turkeys at a Bernard Matthews factory farm we have asked the Minister for Food and Rural Affairs to introduce webcams and CCTV to monitor animal welfare in intensive livestock units. Read our letter here and then contact your MP and ask them to support our initiative.
 

September 2006: Following yet another death due to airgun misuse we have asked the Home Secretary to finally take some real action and ban these deadly weapons. Read our letter here and then contact your MP and ask them to support our initiative. Scottish supporters note that there is no point contacting your MSP as this matter is reserved to Westminster.
 

August 2006: Recently released figures indicate that 2006 is going to be a record year for the illegal poisoning of birds of prey in Scotland. Animal Concern has asked the Scottish Environment Minister to make landowners legally responsible for the actions of their gamekeepers. If you live in Scotland please ask your MSPs to support our campaign. Read more about it here
 

August 2006: We have asked West Dunbartonshire Council to rescind the Zoo License they granted to the controversial Loch Lomond Aquarium after one of their Councillors was found guilty of eight breaches of codes of conduct over her involvement in granting the License. More here
 

July 2006: An Animal Concern investigator visited the £20 million Loch Lomond Aquarium to discover staff using nets to transfer fish from an exhibition tank into a quarantine tank. One of the main tanks had sprung a leak only a week after the place opened.
 

July 2006: Despite our campaign the Loch Lomond Aquarium, an aquatic zoo built with nearly £20 million of public money and with the potential to cause catastrophic damage to the Loch Lomond ecosystem, opened at Balloch.
 

May 2006: On Monday 22nd May The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority will decide whether or not to allow huge water tanks to be installed at the proposed new aquatic zoo at Balloch. You can read our latest submission on that here. You can read the Park Authorities own damning report on the plans here
 

May 2006: Animal Concern is urging MSPs to protect all animals from exploitation in circuses. More info here
 

April 2006: Download our Spring 2006 newsletter here
 

April 2006: Animal Concern has objected to an application for a Dangerous Wild Animal Act License to allow someone to keep 4 exotic cats in small enclosures at the back of a cottage in Clydebank. Read more details here
 

April 2006: Please download notification of our AGM in June here
 

March 2006: The tragic outcome of the clinical drug trial prompted us to call on the Prime Minister to finally make good his promise to hold a full enquiry into the use of animals in research. Read our letter to Tony Blair and please consider asking your Member of Parliament to support our call for action before more people have their lives destroyed by the misleading results of animal tests here
 

February 2006: Read our joint submission on the consultation on the proposed Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill which could provide increased protection for the Scottish environment and all the animals which inhabit it. You can read our comments here and you can read the full consultation document on the following link
 

February 2006: Support the RSPCA campaign against badger culling. Details here
 

January 2006: Big Bother for Big Brother fur wearer. Read more here
 

January 2006: Animal Concern has objected to a planning application to create 3 underground water reservoirs as part of the proposed new marine zoo on the banks of Loch Lomond. Read more here
 

January 2006: Animal Concern has commented on proposals to allow cattle from the Republic of Ireland to be exported via U.K. ports. Read more here
 

December 2005: Animal Concern's membership has fallen to its lowest number in over 100 years. If you are not a Member or Supporter please consider helping us via our "Make A Donation" page or by downloading our 2006 Membership and Donation Form
 

December 2005: Animal Concern has condemned plans to imprison manatees in a second new zoo proposed for the West of Scotland. Find out more in the Winter 2005 issue of Animal Concern News
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November 2005: Latest on Balloch fish zoo – Finnie asked to intervene. Read more here
 

November 2005:Animal Concern believes licenses to kill birds in Scotland may be being issued illegally on the Internet. We have asked MSPs to investigate. Read more here
 

September 2005: Animal Concern protest against plans to "pigeon proof" the Scottish Parliament building. Read details here
 

September 2005: We have submitted our comments on proposed EU wide legislation to provide minimum welfare standards for broiler chickens. You can read them here
 

August 2005: Merlin Entertainments have officially applied for a Licence for their proposed new "attraction" on the shores of Loch Lomond. For a copy of our final objection lodged with the licensing authority click here
 

June 2005: Animal Concern have issued a press release calling for a ban on airguns. Read it here
 

June 2005: Animal Concern has learned of plans by Edinburgh Zoo to restart their polar bear breeding programme. Further details here
 

June 2005: There is an update on our campaign to stop a new zoo being opened in Balloch. Read here
 

April 2005: Our Spring 2005 newsletter contains information on our campaign against airguns. Read here
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March 2005: Animal Concern is campaigning to stop a new zoo being built in Scotland. Read an article by our Campaigns Consultant here
 

Winter 2004: Read our Winter 2004 newsletter here
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August 2004: In 2004 the Scottish Executive put out to consultation their "Proposals To Revise Existing Animal Welfare Legislation" Animal Concern welcomes moves to bring legislation up to date but regrets that many areas of animal exploitation are not to be included in the proposed legislative review.

Our submission to the Executive

If you agree with us, please ask your MSP to support the inclusion of our proposals in the final legislation. If you would like to be kept informed of future consultation documents issued by the Scottish Executive, please register your interest here