• STV
  • MySTV

Snare warning after animals die in agony in illegal traps

The Scottish SPCA has been alerted to the number of animals caught in snares across the country.

Wrapped around a tree and barely moving, a weak blink signals a badger caught in a snare is still alive.

Last month the Scottish SPCA found the creature, but had him put to sleep to end his suffering.

"The badger was clearly very badly injured and distressed and was suffering to the highest degree," explained a Scottish SPCA special investigations unit inspector, who has asked to remain anonymous.

However, the inspector allowed STV News to accompany him during a typical snare search.

The animal welfare charity has issued a warning over the illegal use of snares.

It has been alerted to a number of animals caught in snares, suffering a horrific end to their lives.

Hundreds of snares are set in Scotland each year, and the Scottish SPCA has received more than 50 calls about snares since January 2018.

Current legislation allows for the snaring of foxes and rabbits if the snares are legal and set correctly.

As well as undertaking a training course to obtain a personal identification number from Police Scotland, snare users must adhere to strict rules.

These include having a stop so the noose cannot close, making sure it is fixed to the ground and that it is inspected at least once a day.

They also cannot be set where an animal is likely to become suspended, such as a fence or close to water where it could drown.

Snare users must also have landowner or occupier's permission.

The Scottish SPCA inspector said: "We have been alerted to multiple animals caught in snares who have been caused an immense amount of suffering, leading to their death.

"Snaring is legal subject to very stringent conditions. We see a lot of cases of illegal snaring, or legal snares being used illegally.

"The use of snares is very technical and time-consuming and unless a person is willing to dedicate the time and effort, it's highly likely an animal's welfare will be compromised."

In the case of the badger, the Scottish SPCA was only able to respond as the animal was still alive in the snare.

If it had died, even though suffering had taken place, it would be up to Police Scotland to investigate.

The charity also warned that snares can be harmful to pets, asking owners to be vigilant.

"Snares are non-selective and can just as easily harm a domestic animal as well as non-targeted wildlife."

"We've responded to calls from members of the public who suspect their cat or dog has been injured by a snare," the inspector added.

The Scottish SPCA has said it supports an outright ban on the use of snares in Scotland.

The inspector said: "The suffering an animal endures in illegal snares is horrific and while snaring continues, suffering will continue.

"If anyone finds a snare, we ask that you leave it untouched and contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999 if you believe it to have been set illegally."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.