The Wildlife Management and Muirburn Act placed strict controls on the country’s controversial grouse shooting industry, including a ban on snares and glue traps.

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Under the new rules, shooting estates must apply for licenses to burn moors. The bill also gives police more powers to investigate wildlife crime amid evidence linking grouse moors with the illegal killing of raptors.

However, the shooting industry said the bill would damage a sector that supports rural jobs, and claimed that illegal killings of wildlife were rare.