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Animal snare ban calls resisted

19 October 2008 - BBC News

Scotland's Environment Minister Michael Russell has defended plans not to outlaw the snaring of animals at the SNP annual conference in Perth. He had faced pressure from Nationalist delegates to review the decision made in February to tighten laws around the use of snares, but not to ban them. Christine Graham MSP told the conference that the Government had not gone for enough and called for action. However, Mr Russell said they were cracking wildlife crime.

South of Scotland SNP MSP Ms Grahame opened the debate on wildlife crime, welcoming government steps to tackle the problem. "I oppose the use of snares entirely. I've had this argument with the minister, lost it, but it's not the first I've lost with ministers," she said.

She claimed it was "almost impossible" to police snaring, even with new serial numbers on snares and other measures to stop their illegal use. She claimed that at least 40 badgers, a protected species, were killed in snares this year.

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