Animal charity calls for complete snare ban
12 August 2010 - BBC News
League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has released a film showing animals snared on
Scottish shooting estates to highlight the issue. The film, and an accompanying
report, has been released to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting
season. The charity said the footage documented the ineffectiveness of the
Snaring (Scotland) Order 2010, introduced in March. The order came into force to
regulate the use of snaring under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The
call comes after a three-month investigation by the charity into the shooting
industry, during which they visited a number of Scottish estates.
The graphic film features footage of a live badger found struggling and
injured after being trapped in a snare on land used for shooting near Roxburgh
in the Borders. The animal was later treated by the
Scottish SPCA and released
back into the wild.
LACS spokeswoman Louise Robertson said: "The league has said over and over
again that regulating snaring will not solve any problems and yet despite new,
supposed stricter regulations, our investigators have found countless examples
of unacceptable suffering. The only way to prevent animals suffering horrific
injuries and slow, painful deaths is for a complete ban on all snares in
Scotland. It's time the Scottish government listened to public opinion and
addressed the problem rather than continuing with these farcical regulations".
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