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Animal charity calls for complete snare ban

12 August 2010 - BBC News

The 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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