GAMEKEEPERS have taken their campaign to end the ban on tail docking of working dogs to the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has presented a 4158-signature petition to Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, calling for the ban to be reversed on the grounds of animal welfare.

The SGA says working spaniels are suffering tail injuries as a result of the 2007 ban, which covers all dogs. Working dogs are at risk as they enter thick undergrowth to flush out or retrieve game.

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The SGA says research, carried out by Glasgow University for the Scottish Government, shows that almost 57% of working spaniels suffered at least one tail injury in the 2010/11 season.

Mr Lochhead said he will study at the research and "consider the option of revisiting the legislation if there is a scientific case to do so".