There is a week to go until the total ban on the use of snares and glue traps in Wales comes into force, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has reminded today.
From 17 October the use of both snares and glue traps will be illegal in Wales, the first ban of its kind in the UK.
The ban on the use of snares is a Programme for Government commitment, and was supported by the majority of those who took part in the public consultation.
Both snares and glue traps cause great suffering to animals, and are indiscriminate as they can trap and harm species they are not intended for including pets.
If pets such as cats are caught in a glue trap it can tragically lead to the animal being put to sleep as a result of the injuries sustained. An animal caught in a snare can endure acute pain and suffering.
The Minister said:
There is now a week to go before the use of snares and glue traps are banned in Wales. This will bring an end to suffering and pain to many animals, often those which were not the intended target of the trap.
The aim of the ban is to stop an in humane method of predator and rodent control. Other more humane methods exist and are widely used.
The use of snares and glue traps are not compatible with the high animal welfare standards we strive for here in Wales. I’m pleased we are leading the way on this issue.
From 17 October the use of snares and glue traps will be illegal in Wales. Anyone found guilty of using a snare could face imprisonment or an unlimited fine or both.