Tabled by David Drew MP


That this house notes with concern that badgers, domestic pets, livestock and other animals continue to be severely injured and killed by snares; expresses particular concern that self locking snares, made illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, are still being used in Britain; further notes that free-running snares are legal for the control of foxes and rabbits, but are by nature, indiscriminate and therefore cause considerable suffering to many animals, recognises that the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in relation to snares are difficult to enforce and have failed adequately to protect wildlife from suffering unnecessary suffering and death and thus calls on the Government to support the abolition of the manufacture, sale and use of all snares.

To Highlight the urgency of action, a devastating report covering the horrors of snaring will be published by the League Against Cruel Sports on Monday 23rd May. The Sunday Observer (22nd May) has an exclusive on this. At the same time, the Wales on Sunday will report on the snaring carnage in Wales. This will include the dangers to the otter of snaring on riverbanks, and the recent death of a badger in a snare at Llanthony Court Shoot, and the recent rescuing of a cat from a snare near pheasant release pens at Edwinsford.