The Government should prohibit the sale, use and manufacture of free-running snares under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, putting them in the same category as self-locking snares, which are already illegal.
1. Make the use of free-running snares illegal for trapping wildlife
27/03/2021 - Petitions
Found: The Government should prohibit the sale, use and manufacture of free-running snares under the Wildlife
2. Ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares
19/07/2016 - Parliamentary Research
Found: 2016/0148, 19 July 2016 Ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares Nikki Sutherland Oliver
3. Humane Trapping Standards Regulations 2019
14/11/2018 - Secondary Legislation
Found: Statutory Instruments2019 No. 22WildlifeThe Humane Trapping Standards Regulations 2019Made9th January 2019Coming
4. Humane Trapping Standards (England and Wales) Regulations 2019
30/09/2019 - Secondary Legislation
Found: correct errors in S.I. 2019/22 and is being issued free of charge to all known recipients of that Statutory
5. Wildlife crime
19/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: PACK Number CDP 2019/0070, 18 March 2019 Wildlife crime By Jonathan Finlay Nikki Sutherland Georgina
21/07/2016 - Commons Chamber
1: and cruel nature of snares, the failure of previous attempts at voluntary and self-regulation amongst - Speech Link
2: and cruel nature of snares, the failure of previous attempts at voluntary and self-regulation amongst - Speech Link
3: that point, is not one of the issues with the use of snares now that they simply are not being used for - Speech Link
2. Draft Animal Welfare and Invasive Non-native Species (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations
09/12/2020 - General Committees
1: Northern Ireland will continue to be acceptable for use in Great Britain.Additionally, the SI ensures - Speech Link
2: variety in our lives.The regulations have already been discussed in the Lords, so let me echo some - Speech Link
3. Humane Trapping Standards Regulations 2019
12/12/2018 - Grand Committee
1: Countryside Act 1981 to implement trap welfare requirements contained in the Agreement on International - Speech Link
4. Animal Welfare and Invasive Non-native Species (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
30/11/2020 - Grand Committee
1: Northern Ireland will continue to be accepted for use in Great Britain. Additionally, it ensures that we - Speech Link
5. Animal Welfare
12/12/2017 - Westminster Hall
1: move,That this House has considered the Government policy on animal welfare.It is a pleasure - Speech Link
2: the Government take animal welfare seriously and are legislating more than any previous Government have - Speech Link
3: animal welfare rules and laws, so that we are putting animal welfare at the heart of our programme going - Speech Link
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We believe that people setting free-running snares cannot ensure animal welfare as required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, that such snares cause unnecessary suffering to mammals, are indiscriminate and should be banned.
Friday 25th June 2021
The Government recognises that some people consider snares to be an inhumane and unnecessary means of trapping wild animals and will launch a call for evidence on the use of snares.
Snares may be used in the UK to catch and restrain certain animals, primarily foxes and rabbits, for the purpose of wildlife management.
Snares are controlled in England and Wales under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This prohibits the use of self-locking snares and the setting of any type of snare in places where they are likely to catch certain non-target animals such as badgers. It also requires snares to be inspected at least once daily. A person guilty of an offence can receive an unlimited fine or a custodial sentence.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 also prohibits causing unnecessary suffering to animals under the control of a person, including those animals caught in traps.
The Code of Best Practice on the Use of Snares for Fox Control in England sets out clear principles for the legal and humane use of snares. This was published on 20 October 2016 and can be found at: https://basc.org.uk/codes-of-practice/snares-for-fox-control-in-england/
We know that some people consider snares to be an inhumane and unnecessary means of trapping wild animals, while others maintain they are an essential tool in controlling certain species. Therefore, we have committed to launching a call for evidence on the use of snares. This was announced in our Action Plan for Animal Welfare (www.gov.uk/government/publications/action-plan-for-animal-welfare). We launched the Action Plan in May 2021 as part of our continued drive to maintain the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
The call for evidence will be publicly available online, allowing all interested parties to express their views on the use of snares. In this way, the Government will ensure it has the very latest understanding on this issue, and our position will be informed by the responses received.
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs