Minister in spotlight over snaring

The Scottish Government Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham MSP will this afternoon be called before the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee to answer questions on the Government’s policy on snaring.

The Public Petition’s Committee decided at a meeting in December last year to invite the Minister to give oral evidence after discussing Petition 1124 calling on a ban on snaring. The petition was submitted in March 2008 by the League Against Cruel Sports and Advocates for Animals and is supported by almost 11,000 signatures.

The Committee has written to the Scottish Government several times since the petition was lodged in 2008 calling for clarification on issues regarding snare use but has now agreed the Government had failed to answer many of these questions adequately. Almost two years ago, the Government decided to allow snaring to continue and proposed to regulate it more strictly but even that has not happened.

Today’s evidence session coincides with the release of new figures showing the number of badgers being trapped in snares has risen to a worrying level. In 2009 Scottish Badgers recorded 19 cases where badgers had been snared. Badgers are a protected species and all but one of the incidents was deemed to be criminal.

Deputy Head of Campaigns and Communications for the League, Louise Robertson said: “Snares have a detrimental impact on all kinds of animals and not just those for which they are intended. The use of snares is totally indefensible given the nature of these cruel traps and the level of suffering they impose and we will be very interested to see what the Minister has to say on the issue.”

Libby Anderson, Policy Director for Advocates for Animals added: “As Petitioners we have given the Committee a great deal of evidence of the suffering caused to Scotland’s wild animals, and some domestic animals too, by the continued use of snares. The Public Petitions Committee has studied the arguments and wants clear answers from the Minister regarding the Scottish Government’s continued support for snaring.”

Read more on our snaring campaign here.

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    “Snares have a detrimental impact on all kinds of animals and not just those for which they are intended. The use of snares is totally indefensible given the nature of these cruel traps and the level of suffering they impose and we will be very interested to see what the Minister has to say on the issue.”

    A snare had a very detrimental effect on my pet Dalmatian. It nearly killed her and would have done but for the fact that I heard her scream out. The snare was actually intended to catch a fox – charming, eh?


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