Monday, June 25, 2007

Arrest that sporran!

More ludicrous bollocks from the EU, with the Scottish Executive enabling a law that will require the licensing of sporrans.
Kilt wearers could face prosecution if they do not have a licence for their sporran under new legislation which has been introduced in Scotland.

The laws are designed to protect endangered species like badgers and otters, whose fur used to be favoured by sporran makers.

The legislation applies to animals killed after 1994.

Applicants must prove that the animal was killed lawfully before they will be able to get a licence.

The conservation regulations were designed to close a number of loopholes and bring Scotland into line with other EU members.

The regulations require anyone who owns any part of a protected animal to obtain a licence.

The maximum penalties for breaking the law are a fine of £5,000 and six months in prison.






In the name of all that's unholy, seriously—what the fuck? As Trixy points out, even artists have something to worry about. [Emphasis mine.]
I made a quick phone call to the lovely people at MAC to ask what their brushes were made of. They told me that the natural hair ones I have were from pony and squirrel, and that they brushed them off the little creatures rather than kill them for their tails or something, so I am okay. She asked me why, and I said that, well, if I was a water colour painter I could be in trouble and have to register them all or face a fine, because proper water colour brushes are made from sable. And if you don't, then don't put it past these people not to have organised the 'paintbrush police' and 'secret sporran services' since people have already been in trouble for owning an unlicensed brush. Am not kidding.

Fucking hellski. There's not much more to say really.


MatGB said...

Um, proper miniature paint brushes are made from sable as well. Including every one that my former employers at Games Workshop make. That's a whole lot of licence applications.

Hmm; if we get confirmation that one would be needed, then we could swamp the silly bastards with applications, there's a big pile of geeky teenagers that'd love that sort of thing; what d'you reckon?


Mark Wadsworth said...

"Fucking hellski"???

This is Scotland we are talking about, shouldn't that be "Fucking McHell"?

Unknown said...

Unfortunately this story was absolute nonsense. If you would like to go to the site at Scottish Sporran Licences - The Truth it will give you a full explanation of the circumstances behind this legislation and shows up this BBC article as being absolute rubbish and scaremongering tactics to sell their news.

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