Reacting to the National Assembly for Wales, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee Report on the use of snares in Wales, Leighton Veale, Senior Public Affairs Officer for the League Against Cruel Sports in Wales, said:

“The League Against Cruel Sports broadly welcomes the Committee's report into the use of snares in Wales. We feel that it is a comprehensive and thorough report which we trust the Welsh Government will act on. It is significant that the Committee has recommended a ban on the use of snares should it be proven that the current code of practice, which we argue is not effective, is failing. The report also recognises that there is limited data relating to snaring practices in Wales and we are pleased that the report wants to see that addressed.

“In their recommendations, AMs on the Committee were clear in that they thought the Welsh Government should be prepared to act 'robustly' if non target species were exposed to unnecessary suffering and should prepare draft legislation immediately. There is an urgency to this report which we certainly support.

“We would be keen to work with the Welsh Government on improving the way information is gathered in this area, as well as preparing legislation to implement a full ban on snares. “

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