The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the use of snare traps.
The snare trap which is a thin wire noose used for catching a wild animal, may be totally banned or there could be exemptions applied.
Snares can cause significant injury, prolonged suffering and death to wildlife. There is also a risk that non-target wildlife species and pets can be caught in them.
The use of snares to catch certain animals (foxes, hares and rabbits) is currently permitted in Scotland, and must be carried out in accordance with the requirements set out in section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The majority of European countries do not allow the use of snare traps and are currently only legal in six European countries: Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain, Latvia and the United Kingdom.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said:
“The Scottish SPCA strongly supports this announcement by the Scottish Government. As Scotland’s animal welfare charity, we have long called for an outright ban on the use of snares due to the level of suffering an animal is caused.
“Animals that are caught in snares can be caused unimaginable physical and mental anguish. Following reports from members of the public, we have found domestic animals, protected species and target animals that have all suffered dreadfully in both illegal and legal snares.
“A ban on all snaring is the only way to stop this unacceptable suffering. We are very pleased with the announcement of a ban, which will be a historic moment for animal welfare in Scotland.”
Click on this link to take part in the consultation: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: use of snares and powers of Scottish SPCA inspectors: Consultation
The consultation closes on 3rd October 2023.