Scottish ministers maintain snare ban opposition
12 Jan 2010 - BBC News
The Scottish government has maintained its opposition to a complete ban on
animal snares. The move came as MSPs quizzed
Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham about
calls from welfare groups to outlaw the wire traps. Ministers have said an effective method to control predators, such as foxes,
was vital. The Scottish Parliament's petitions committee is considering a banning call
on behalf of several groups.
League Against Cruel Sports,
Advocates for Animals, the
Survival Fund and
Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue have all called for Holyrood to
urge ministers to bring in new legislation which would prohibit the manufacture,
sale, possession and use of all snares. Supporters of a ban said animals such as badgers and mountain hares were
suffering horrible injures and death after being caught in snares.
Despite rejecting a ban, measures have been introduced to strictly limit the
use of snares and ban those capable of inflicting unnecessary suffering.
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