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This consultation ended 30 April 2018.

Consultation period:
19 March 2018 to 30 April 2018
Last updated:

Summary of outcome

The summary of responses is now available at

Original consultation

We want your views on proposals for the implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) in the UK.

Consultation description

AITHS aims to improve the welfare of certain trapped animals. This consultation seeks views and information on the supply, use and marketing of traps. Your responses will inform an impact assessment on the implementation of AIHTS.

We propose:

  • to implement the AIHTS using existing legislative frameworks
  • that only certified traps which meet the standards can be used to trap animals listed on the AITHS
  • that the trapping of stoats using AIHTS-compliant traps should be permitted under a general licence
  • for other AIHTS species, licences continue to be granted on a case-by-case basis, or, in certain circumstances, under class licences

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