DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart has stated he is “considering options and will make an announcement in due course”
A Moray gamekeeper has been fined a total of £1,500 after being convicted of setting illegal snares in a manner likely to cause animals unnecessary suffering.
Scotland's leading animal welfare charity has launched an investigation after a cat suffered a “prolonged and horrendous” death after being trapped in an illegal snare.
When a badger cub became snared in public woodland near Ightham, a long and gruesome death seemed the inevitable result.
The National Anti Snaring Campaign receives most of its best tip offs from dog walkers. Many will have found their dog has run off during a walk and are horrified to find them in a snare
The owner of a dog whose leg had to be amputated after being caught in a snare has called for them to be banned.
Our team of investigators help expose acts of cruelty to animals at great personal risk.
Found a dead or injured animal in a snare? It's important to act immediately.
Download the anti-snares petition and get your friends and family to sign.
Pet Owners Speak Out
Patrick Prekopp's video of Ann and Chris, who lost their cat, Marmalade, in a snare in February, 2009. Since then, Ann has campaigned to ban all snares and launched a petition locally to add to mounting call for an end to indiscrimate trapping.
Ann and Chris are just two of the people affected by snares that Defra never consult on the cruelty of animal snares.
FOX SNARES are an indiscriminate and cruel wire nooses set largely by gamekeepers on Shooting Estates and grouse moors to trap foxes. However, badgers, deer, cats, dogs, and otters all get snared and can suffer appalling injuries. Rabbit snares are used by 'pest controllers' to kill rabbits but also injure or kill pets and wildlife. There is now a growing momentum of cross party support for a BAN ON SNARES. Please support this campaign today.
The UK is one of only five European members that still allow animal snares to be used. Ireland, France, Spain and Belgium have far stricter snare rules compared to the UK.
Around 36,000 foxes are snared each year by snares. More than 12,300 animals are killed in the UK by gamekeepers every day for the benefit of the shooting interests.
Almost 70 per cent of animals caught in snares are not the intended targets. Defra, the government department that regulates snares, never checks to see if a snare fulfils their own code of practice.
Snares are wire nooses used to trap animals. They are normally classed as either a self locking snares which is illegal or a free running snares which is legal.
In Scotland, a female badger was almost cut in two by a snare - but was still alive when found by a doctor. When the doctor touched the badger, its heart fell out, still beating, before it died.
We've investigated many shooting estates, sometimes referred to as Sporting Estates, and we've compiled a list of some of those who were found to still using snares even though humane alternative are available.
Rabbits caught in a snare are easy target for their prey and can be torn to pieces whilst still alive. Rabbit snares also pose a risk to pets and cause severe injuries to cats especially; unlike fox snares, rabbit snares are not fitted with a stop.
Gin traps have been illegal in the UK since 1958, however some gamekeepers still use them to maim wildlife and pets. Other spring traps, like the fenn trap, kill or injure thousands of smaller mammals such as hedgehogs.
Often overlooked is the distress of the pet owners who have to deal with the aftermath of their pet being badly injured or killed by snares. We receive regular harrowing accounts from pet owners.