Make the use of free-running snares illegal for trapping wildlife

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.

47,776 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Tuesday 9th November 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
243
Signature Deadline
Monday 9th May 2022
Estimated Final Signatures: 74,101

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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

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3. Draft Humane Trapping Standards Regulations 2019
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Recent Questions related to Make the use of free-running snares illegal for trapping wildlife
1. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
asked by: Wera Hobhouse
09/07/2021
... what the planned timetable is for publication of the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

2. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
asked by: Caroline Lucas
17/02/2020
... when the Government laid before Parliament a copy of the (a) 6th Quinquennial Review advice received from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and (b) Government’s formal response to that review and any accompanying statements; where those documents can be located online; and if she will make a statement.

3. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
asked by: Barry Gardiner
07/09/2015
... Paragraph 25(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended by the Infrastructure Act 2015.

4. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
asked by: Barry Gardiner
07/09/2015
... Paragraph 25(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended by the Infrastructure Act 2015 to date.

5. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
asked by: Barry Gardiner
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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.


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Government Response

Thursday 13th January 2022

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 even 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. When used improperly, snares can cause immense suffering and we are looking at whether changes are needed to address these concerns. Therefore, we have committed to launching a call for evidence on the use of snares. This was announced in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare, which we launched last year as part of our continued drive to maintain the highest animal welfare standards in the world:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/action-plan-for-animal-welfare

The call for evidence, which will be launched in due course, 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 and Rural Affairs


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