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Norfolk Pet Owners Warned of Snare Danger

29 June 2009

Pet owners across Norfolk are being warned about the dangers posed to domestic animals from snares after a number of pets in the area have fallen foul of these cruel traps.

Ann and Chris Durham, who live near Aylsham in North Norfolk, were left devastated after their ginger cat Marmalade was found dead hanging in a snare attached to barbed wire.

The couple, who said they were "devastated" by the death of Marmalade, are supporting efforts by the League to get all snaring in the UK banned.

The Durham's have launched petitions locally to get as many people as possible to add their voices to the growing campaign to outlaw snares and other traps.

In another incident, Dennis Bradley was horrified when his cat Alfie returned home one morning with his front left leg completely severed, hanging on only by a bit of skin. Alfie survived but has had to have his leg amputated following the incident.

Just two weeks ago a local newspaper reported a similar incident where a cat was found injured in an illegal snare in the Stalham area. Police are currently investigating.

Recent investigations by the League have revealed East Anglia to be a hotspot of snaring and wildlife persecution connected to shooting estates, posing serious risks to both wild and domestic animals in the region.

Following allegations of local cats "disappearing" at Thelverton, near Diss, Norfolk, League investigators discovered disturbing evidence of snaring and trapping taking place on land used for gamebird shooting.

The League is using its annual Snare Aware Week to highlight the dangers snares pose not only to wild animals but also to domestic cats and dogs.

Shooting Campaigner Katy Roberts said: “Many people are unaware that this cruel and outdated form of predator control is still legal and we will be using snare aware week to highlight the fact that the UK is one of only five EU states which still permit the use of these traps.

Snares are cruel and indiscriminate and we believe that the only way to stop animals suffering needlessly is for an outright ban on their use.”

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