“Ban snares,” say MPs

But the Government says snares are needed to control pests. 

The number of unintended animals caught in snares set for foxes and other wild animals has prompted MPs to call for the traps to be banned. © Phil_Scarlett/iStock
The number of unintended animals caught in snares set for foxes and other wild animals has prompted MPs to call for the traps to be banned. © Phil_Scarlett/iStock

MPs have passed a resolution calling on the Government to implement a full ban on the manufacture, sale and use of snares to trap wild animals such as foxes.

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The debate in the House of Commons was launched by the MP for Lewisham West, Jim Dowd, who said snares were inherently cruel and barbaric.

In addition, he said, “a snare set to catch a fox is just as capable of catching other species. Cats, dogs, badgers, otters, deer, hares and livestock have all suffered terrible injuries or been killed by snares.”

But the Government’s environment minister Thérèse Coffey said that land management and gamekeeping associations have developed a new code of practice on the use of snares that should be given “a chance to come into effect before even considering any further legislation”. 

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