Hanging is still legal in Scotland

On Friday, the Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham MSP  announced the introduction of long-awaited regulations which are supposed to improve snaring practice – almost two years after they were first announced by the then Minister Michael Russell MSP.

In a response to a Parliamentary Question from Irene Oldfather MSP, which asked her to support an amendment banning snares completely, the Minister stated that they are “trying to strike the right balance to increase the professionalisation of those who set snares and ensure that the snares are identifiable back to those who set them”. Ms Cunningham also claimed that “we can reduce the number of non-target species that are caught in snares”.

The League’s Deputy Head of Campaigns and Communications, Louise Robertson said: “The Public Petitions Committee last week showed that the Scottish Government’s decision not to ban snaring lacked research and clearly goes against both public opinion and that of a number of parliamentarians, including Irene Oldfather. The idea that the number of non-target species being caught can be reduced is nothing short of spurious.”

Find out more about our joint campaign with Advocates for Animals on the Ban Snares website.

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