Your letters can make a difference over snare issue

THE recent incident of poor Herby the cat, who almost died after being caught in a snare (as reported in the Derbyshire Times on December 30), is a good reason for your readers to take action and write to their MP and also Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, email caroline@carolinespelman.com.

We receive more than a dozen emails a year regarding cats or dogs snared in fox or rabbit snares, and hundreds or thousands of badgers, deer and hares are killed or injured in snares legally set for foxes or rabbits.

Could we please ask readers to be vigilant when out walking or it they live close to areas that could have snares.

Readers can go on our web site www.antisnaring.org.uk for more information.

The laws to protect animals caught in snares are seriously flawed.

However, the principle legislation is the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and more recently, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 could play some part as a snared animal is deemed in the control of man.

Nevertheless, until snares are outlawed great suffering is going to be caused, not least because snares are set on private land and no official ever checks on what is going on; they are completely indiscriminate and kill or injure because a natural reaction of a trapped animal is to struggle to escape.

And further, those setting snares that kill protected animals are often coached to deny setting the snares to escape legal action.

Your readers’ efforts will make a difference, so get to the keyboard!

SIMON WILD

National Anti-Snaring Campaign, PO Box 3058,

Littlehampton