This petition was submitted by the League Against Cruel Sports, having collected 1,405 signatures.
We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ban the manufacture, sale and use of snares in Wales.
Snares are thin wire nooses designed to trap ‘predator’ species. The nature of their design means that – despite supposedly being used as a restraining device – they cause severe injuries to those animals they catch. These injuries include limb amputation, strangulation and often death.
According to Defra, up to two thirds of those animals caught are not even the target species. Most frequently snares are set to catch foxes, but in reality, they catch badgers, deer, and domestic pets. In Wales, some 370,000 animals are snared every year. That’s more than 1,000 a day.
In 2015, the Welsh Government introduced a Code of Best Practice on the use of snares, but compliance with the Code is voluntary and there are no checks in place or penalties for those who do not comply. Even a Code-compliant snare is a crude, indiscriminate device, more likely to cause injury or death than to restrain an animal.
The Welsh Assembly has the power to end this practice, and lead the way for animal welfare in the UK by banning the manufacture, sale and use of snares in Wales.
Petition handover in the Senedd
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 07/11/2017.
The Committee considered correspondence from the petitioner and agreed to close the petition given the issue has recently been the subject of detailed attention by the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, and that the Welsh Government has accepted that committee’s recommendations.
Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.
It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 27/09/2016.
Constituency and Region
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 14/09/2016
Decision due: Meeting Date by Climate Change Expert Reference Group