New figures show political will to end snaring in Northern Ireland

The League Against Cruel Sports has today released new figures showing overwhelming support among Northern Irish politicians to make the use of animal snares illegal. The research carried out by Stratagem in conjunction with ComRes found that 83 per cent of MLAs questioned thought animal snares should not be a legal form of trapping.

The research was carried out in November and December last year as part of a panel survey and found that across all five main parties the majority of members would support a ban.

Of those questioned, all Alliance Party members agreed that the manufacture, use and sale of animal snares should be illegal. In Sinn Fein and SDLP the figures stood at 91 and 95 per cent respectively while 76 per cent of DUP and 62 per cent of UUP members agreed with an end to the use of snaring.

The new figures are released on the same day the League Against Cruel Sports will give a presentation to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee arguing the case for an end to snaring in Northern Ireland. The League’s Chief Executive Douglas Batchelor will give evidence to the committee tomorrow showing the extent of animal suffering due to the inherently cruel and indiscriminate nature of a snare.

Mr Batchelor said: “In drafting the new animal welfare legislation Northern Ireland has a unique opportunity not only to end the use of snaring but to set an example to the rest of the UK and Ireland that snares have no place in modern society. The figures released today show the political will is there to make these cruel traps illegal and we hope those with the legislative power will make the right decision on this issue.

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