Agree that snares should be banned and refer to the following reasons:
1. Snaring is inhumane, causing severe suffering to animals.
Many case studies and scientific reports demonstrate that snares are inherently inhumane, causing prolonged suffering and often a slow agonising death to wild and domestic animals. Much of this occurs when the wire can twist and tighten leading to strangulation or other severe injuries.
Sites where animals have been caught in snares show signs of extreme disturbance to the surrounding ground - known as “doughnuts” - where the animal has tried to run jump or scramble its way out of the trap.
2. Snares are indiscriminate
Snares and inherently indiscriminate and regularly catch a wide range of non-target species including Scottish wildcats, mountain hares, badgers, hedgehogs, deer, otters, and family pets. Scientific reports estimate that between 21% and 69% of animals caught in snares were not target species.
3. Snares are unnecessary and counter-productive.
Most snares are set on shooting estates to target foxes so that there can be more grouse to shoot for sport. Science shows that if a fox is killed it is usually replaced by another fox within a short space of time.
4. There are alternatives to cruel and indiscriminate snares.
These include cage trapping, the use of guard species, such as llamas who can protect lambs from foxes and shooting foxes at night using thermal imaging sights.