PETITION TARGET: Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths
UPDATE (11/26/2021): The UK government is launching a call for evidence on the use of snares as part of its Action Plan for Animals.
“Some people consider that snares are an inhumane and unnecessary means of trapping wild animals, while others maintain they are an essential tool in controlling foxes and rabbits,” the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wrote in the plan. “The Government considers it timely to open this call for evidence to make sure it has the very latest understanding on this issue.”
A spokesperson for the Welsh government told Lady Freethinker, “Our Programme for Government includes a commitment to ban the use of snares in Wales. Our intention is for this to be contained in the Agriculture Bill which we will bring before the Senedd in our first year legislative programme.”
Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths also told Labor Party Member Joyce Watson that “she hoped to introduce legislation ‘by early summer next year'” regarding snares and glue traps, according to Cambrian News.
This could be a critical first step forward to ban the vicious use of snares for foxes. We’ll continue to monitor this case.
— Lady Freethinker Staff
Helpless foxes are being trapped in painful snares and brutally battered to death or left to starve and rot in the U.K.’s gruesome fur trade.
Once captured, the foxes are mutilated and skinned, their pelts preserved with the poor animals’ own brain fluid and their corpses tossed out for the birds to feed on, according to The Independent.
One man in Wales, David Sneade, claims to trap and kill over 300 foxes a year, posting about his grisly deeds on Facebook, The Independent reported. In one instance, witnesses described how Sneade brought down “multiple brutal blows” on a fox before using his foot to stomp the innocent animal to death. They’re beaten to death so their pelts aren’t riddled with bullet holes.
Although snares are illegal in Britain, there is a legal loophole that enables wildlife “hunters” to trap and slaughter foxes for their fur.
We must act now to ensure these horrific snares are banned under all circumstances, so that no one can victimize animals with hours of agony to turn a profit.
Sign this petition urging the the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths to push for the outlaw of all snares and to put an end to the suffering for good.