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November 24th 2018: 2018 John Robins has changed his tune about employing notorious American huntress Larysa Switlyk to show Scottish Government gunmen how to kill geese cleanly instead of crippling them. Now he wants her banned from ever shooting in Scotland again.

TO: Nicola Sturgeon MSP (; Roseanna Cunningham MSP (; Mairi Gougeon MSP (; Michael Russell MSP (

Dear Ministers and Mr. Russell,

Please find below a copy of an e-mail I sent earlier today to Police Scotland Firearms Licensing Admin Centres regarding American huntress Ms Larysa Switlyk who you will no doubt remember from her recent visit to Islay.

Following statements made by some of you regarding Ms Switlyk I suggested that instead of criticising her you might consider employing her to give the shooters your Government employs to kill geese on Islay lessons on how to kill animals cleanly instead of crippling them and leaving them to a slow, painful death.

I may well have shot myself in the foot on that one as new information has emerged which I believe shows Ms Switlyk is not a fit and proper person to hold a firearms licence. Details are given in the objection to granting Ms Switlyk another visitor's firearms certificate which I have lodged with Police Scotland.

This may offer you a solution to the public outrage caused when Ms Switlyk posted photographs of herself doing what many hundreds of trophy hunters do quite legally in Scotland every year.

However I again urge the Scottish Government to hold a full review of commercial sports shooting, recreational hunting and the culling of animals in Scotland.

Yours sincerely,

John F. Robins,
Animal Concern Advice Line

To all Police Scotland Firearms Licensing Admin Centres.
Copied to Government Ministers Sturgeon, Cunningham and Gougeon and Mike Russell MSP.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I write concerning American Huntress Ms Larysa Switlyk who caused some controversy recently after posting on her website photographs of animals she had shot in Scotland.

At the time I assumed that Ms Switlyk was a competent and experienced shooter who had complied with firearms and hunting legislation in Scotland.

However new information has emerged which brings into doubt the competence of Ms Switlyk and her suitability to be permitted to shoot in Scotland in future.

Photographs and a story have emerged on social media which strongly suggest that Ms Switlyk used a sex toy to desecrate the body of a sheep she had shot. This was covered by the Daily Record:

In my opinion this casts great doubt on whether Ms Switlyk is a suitable person to be granted a visitor's firearm or shotgun permit and I urge you to keep this information on file should someone apply for another visitors firearm or shotgun permit on her behalf.

If a firearms application is received on behalf of Ms Switlyk I object to it being granted as I believe her behaviour has shown her not to be fit to hold such a licence.

Yours faithfully,

John F. Robins,
Animal Concern Advice Line