The Scottish SPCA believes that snaring is cruel, indiscriminate and unnecessary. We also believe that the only way to stop animals from suffering in snares is a total ban.
In February 2008, the Scottish Government refused to ban animal snares, opting instead to further regulate the practice. We played a full part in the Scottish Government's consultation and unequivocally made clear our beliefs.
Regulations we supported should a ban not be forthcoming have at least been put in place, including the compulsory fitting of safety stops, identification tags and bans on drag snaring and the placing of snares by fences, young trees and waterways.
However, no amount of regulation will prevent non-target species such as wildlife and domestic animals including dogs and cats from being caught and even killed in snares.
Our Inspectors will continue to investigate whenever breaches to the law are suspected and monitor the overall situation so as to be ready should the legislation be reviewed again in the future.
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