What are the SNP doing to improve animal welfare in Scotland?
Read more about the SNP policy on improving animal welfare in Scotland.
What is the SNP doing to increase recycling in Scotland?
The SNP Scottish Government introduced the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which require all businesses and organisations to separate key materials for recycling, while most food businesses are also required to separate food waste collection.
What is the SNP’s position on tail shortening?
Scotland is a nation of animal lovers and the SNP take the welfare of our pets and livestock very seriously. The Scottish Government have conducted an extensive consultation which has provided evidence that enough working dogs are suffering serious tail injuries to make the case for the law being changed.
What is the SNP’s position on wild animals in travelling circuses?
In government, we passed legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, demonstrating our commitment to improving animal wellbeing. We hope that this will lead the way for the rest of the UK in tackling the important ethical issue of the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
Are the SNP protecting Scotland’s marine environment?
The SNP understand the need to take decisive action to conserve our precious and valuable marine environment and biodiversity. Failure to protect coastal areas would result in permanent damage to habitats and the fish stocks they support.
What are the SNP doing to support communities affected by flooding?
December 2015 was the wettest December on record, and flooding caused devastation and misery for many people.
The SNP Scottish Government are committed to providing the support needed to help individuals, businesses and communities to recover from the damage caused by the unprecedented severe weather.
What actions will the SNP take to combat climate change?
Scotland is leading the world on tackling the twin crises of climate change and ecological decline. We are proud to have the most ambitious legal framework for emissions reduction in the world, but there is no doubt that these targets are immensely challenging.
What the SNP Scottish Government doing to protect and enhance Scotland’s natural capital?
The basic concept behind natural capital – the idea that economic growth cannot be sustained if it comes at a continuing and unsustainable cost to our natural resources – is one which is more urgent and more important than ever before.
What are the SNP doing to encourage young people to get involved in environmental discussions?
The SNP Scottish Government have implemented several initiatives to encourage younger generations to participate in the environmental discussion and be active in implementing mitigating measures.
How are the SNP supporting the forestry sector and developing tree stocks?
Our Biodiversity Strategy recognises that Scotland’s rich and diverse natural environment is a national asset which contributes hugely to our economy and to our wider sense of wellbeing. Trees help to absorb carbon dioxide and store it as carbon. In recent years, Scotland has been responsible for almost three quarters of the UK’s new tree planting. We have planted approximately 16 million trees every year.
What are the SNP doing to protect Scotland’s peatland?
Scotland’s peatland stores over 1,500 million tonnes of carbon, which is more than is held in all of the trees and vegetation across the whole of the UK. For Scotland, losing just 1% of our peatland would release the same amount of carbon as an entire year of human activity. So instead of reducing our peatland, we are investing in restoring it. In 2015 an investment of approximately £5m allowed the restoration of just over 20 square miles of peatland.
What is the SNP policy on fracking?
The SNP Scottish Government does not support the development of fracking in Scotland.
What is the SNP policy on Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)?
In October 2016 the Scottish Government announced underground coal gasification – or ‘UCG’ – will have no place in Scotland’s energy mix. This follows the findings of an independent report, carried out for the Scottish Government, showing that UCG poses numerous and serious environmental risks.
What are the SNP plans for land reform?
The SNP Government passed the Land Reform Act in March 2016, which will introduce major changes to how Scotland’s land is owned and managed. The aim of this legislation is to ensure that Scotland’s land must be an asset that benefits the many, not the few, and that our system of land rights promotes fairness, social justice, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity for all in our rural and urban communities.