‘Scottish Government – snaring legislation to come into force’

Posted on November 23, 2012

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Today (23rd November), the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) posted a news item on their web-site titled ‘Scottish Government – snaring legislation to come into force’.

‘… The Scottish Government has confirmed that the snaring legislation will come into force in April 2013. According to the Scottish Government press release, this involves the compulsory fitting of unique IDs on snares and applies to all snares and snare operators who use snares as a means of pest and predator control, including farmers, crofters, gamekeepers and greenkeepers on golf courses.

Snare operators have been able to undergo training courses, run by Scottish Government approved bodies, since 2010. Again, according to the Scottish Government press release, with effect from 22nd November 2012, a snaring operator who has successfully completed the training course can apply to their local police station for a unique identification number, which must be attached to all snares by 1st April 2013. Successful completion of the one-day training course will, it is claimed, provide an indication that the applicant has sufficient knowledge and experience to use snares responsibly and within the legislative requirements. The identification numbers and tags will also make snaring operators more accountable for their actions as the identification number and tag will help identify the individual snaring operator.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports comments:
“The League Against Cruel Sports fundamentally believes that snares are extremely cruel and unnecessary and should be unequivocally banned. Our view is reinforced by research undertaken by DEFRA, which shows how indiscriminate and inhumane snaring is. The League welcomes the new legislation to tag snares as a step in the right direction. However, there is still much work to be done. For regulation to be effective, snare identification needs to be carefully and thoroughly monitored, which will be difficult to achieve in view of the resources needed to do so.” …’

Read the item and view image at www.league.org.uk/news/1093/Scottish-Government—Snaring-legislation-to-come-into-force

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