Many of constituents reached out to me recently, sharing their concerns with the practice of snaring in Scotland. I was keen to reassure those across South Scotland and beyond that I agree that snaring is cruel, indiscriminate and unnecessary.
Snaring involves a wire trap used commonly across Scotland to to protect gamebirds such as grouse and pheasants from fox predation.
These traps can inflict extreme physical and mental suffering on captured animals, including a wide range of non-target animals, including protected species such as badgers and otters, as well as dogs and cats.
In Scottish Labour’s manifesto last year, we called for a consultation on banning snaring altogether. It is very disappointing to note that the Scottish Government has taken no action on strengthening the current legislation, despite its consultation closing some time ago.
Snaring is an ineffective means of land management, and I support Onekind’s proposal that a 2-hour training course on setting snares, as currently required by the legislation, is inadequate to improve the practice of snaring. There is a concerning lack of veterinary input.
As Spokesperson for Climate Change, Environment, and Land Reform, I will continue Scottish Labour’s proud tradition of standing up for animals, and ensuring the Parliament does what it can to ensure Scotland is a humane place for animals.
You can learn more about OneKind’s campaign against snaring here.