A multi-agency approach to tackling rabbit tracing is paying off

The multi-agency Operation Galileo was carried out across West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, and included patrols and engagement with farmers and the local community.

Environmental Crime and Wildlife Police Officer Stephen Irvin said: “Taking rabbits is a cruel crime as dogs such as greyhounds, greyhounds and other species of wild birds are used to illegally chase, capture, harm and kill wild rabbits.

“It tends to be carried out by groups of individuals who arrive in a number of vehicles with dogs. The public has a vital role to play in helping us combat this, and we would ask anyone who sees anything suspicious to get in touch.

“If you come across evidence of possible rabbit mining, such as vehicles gathering near open fields not owned by local residents, or a dead rabbit, please get in touch by calling 101 or making an anonymous call to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Police Scotland, in partnership with other agencies, take wildlife crime very seriously and I would encourage members of the public to report any suspected incidents of wildlife crime.”

Police Scotland is part of the Scottish Rural Crime Partnership (SPARC), a national partnership unique in Scotland which was formed with a strategic vision to coordinate cohesive and sustainable crime prevention and reassurance advice to rural communities.

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