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Parliamentary Briefing – March 2010

Our monthly Parliamentary Briefing has been published today, and send to all MPs, Peers, and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Download the Parliamentary Briefing – March 2010.

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Snaring Motion in Scottish Parliament

Irene Oldfather MSP yesterday tabled the following motion in the Scottish Parliament.

Northern Ireland Committee Votes to Ban Snares: That the Parliament congratulates the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Environment Committee for taking decisive action to end the suffering to animals caused by snares; welcomes that the Committee has voted to ban snares under the new Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill, and in doing so has taken a policy decision based on the clear evidence that snares cause suffering, and the overwhelming public support for an end to the use of these cruel, indiscriminate traps; therefore congratulates the League Against Cruel Sports for its efforts in raising awareness of the issue and presenting evidence of the cruelty of snaring to support this decision.

The Parliament is currently in recess and so other MSPs can’t sign the motion until they return next week. But, if you live in Scotland, that doesn’t stop you writing to your MSP now to ask them to sign it when they get back!

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Scottish Labour Party Conference

In our final party conference until the autumn, this weekend our team are at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Glasgow. If you’re there, do pop along and say hello to the lovely people who’ve given up their weekend to promote our campaigns!

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Scottish Government’s snare ‘whitewash’ is now law

The Snares (Scotland) Order 2010 has been branded a complete whitewash by a leading animal welfare charity. On the day the new statutory instrument comes into force regulating the use of animal snares the League Against Cruel Sports has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to take the necessary steps to end animal suffering caused by snares.

The Order introduces a number of measures to regulate the use of snaring including the use of stops to prevent the noose tightening beyond a certain circumference and the use of anchors to stop the snare being dragged from its original location by the captured animal.

The League campaigns for the use of all snares to be made illegal on the grounds they are cruel, indiscriminate and cause unnecessary suffering. The charity argues that due to the crude nature of a snare no amount of regulation will eradicate the suffering caused to animals by these traps.

The regulations, which come into force today (Thursday), were announced in Parliament in February 2008 following a public consultation which generated a 2:1 majority in favour of a ban. The Scottish Government’s decision went against overwhelming public, professional and political support to make the use of snaring illegal in Scotland.

League spokeswoman Louise Robertson said: “These regulations are a complete whitewash and will go no way towards reducing the huge level of suffering caused by such a basic wire trap. The Government based its decision purely on the financial gain to be made from commercial shooting and with complete lack of regard for animal welfare. As long as snares are legal animals will continue to suffer horrific injuries and slow, agonising deaths.”

Read more about the League’s snaring campaign in Scotland.

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Image of the Day – 110

Here’s a dead fox that looks like it’s been in a snare rather longer than 24 hours, demonstrating why the new Scottish regulations – which come into force today – are a whitewash.

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League at the Scottish Lib Dem Conference

Our stand at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Perth, which started this morning.


Find out more about our campaigns in Scotland on our website.

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Spring Conference season continues

Last weekend we were at the Conservative Party Spring Forum, and this weekend we’ve got a presence at two party conferences.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat Spring Conference takes place in Perth, and we have two staff there. They’ll be focusing on our work to end the use of snares in Scotland, as part of our joint campaign with Advocates for Animals.

And we have two staff at the Sinn Féin Ard Fhies in Dublin, focusing on our demands for permanent protection of the Irish Hare from hare coursers in Northern Ireland, and on snaring.

Coming up we have the main Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Birmingham, and the Scottish Labour conference in Glasgow. We then begin the detailed planning stages for the main party conferences in September and October. They are an expensive but very useful and necessary forum.

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