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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