(180)  Fox-hunting and human rights

On 2 July 2002 an action was begun in the Court of Session seeking to have the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 declared contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights.  The action has been raised in the name of Trevor Adams, master of the Buccleuch Hunt, and is supported by the Scottish Countryside Alliance.  It is claimed that the Act, which bans traditional fox-hunting activities, will lead to the loss of jobs and damage to incomes in countryside areas.  See Nos 153, 165 and 166 for the passage of the Act.