The League Against Cruel Sports has released shocking new evidence exposing the horrific suffering inflicted by snares and other traps to animals on shooting estates in Scotland.
A graphic film and report, both titled ‘Blood Still on the Wire’ are being released to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season. The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ traditionally celebrates the first day of shooting but the League is using this to highlight the terrible suffering caused by snares on estates rearing game birds for shooting.
Both the film and report document how the recently introduced Snaring (Scotland) Order 2010 has done very little to eradicate the threat snares pose to the welfare of animals. League investigators visited a number of estates in Scotland between May and July this year as part of wider investigations to expose the reality of the shooting industry.
Among the worst findings is footage of a live badger, found struggling, injured and exhausted after being trapped in a snare on land used for shooting near Roxburgh in the Borders. The Scottish SPCA was able to treat the animal’s injuries, which was later released back into the wild, but as the film and report show, many other animals are not so lucky.
League spokeswoman Louise Robertson said: “The League has said over and over again that regulating snaring will not solve any problems and yet despite new, supposed stricter regulations, our investigators have found countless examples of unacceptable suffering. The only way to prevent animals suffering horrific injuries and slow, painful deaths is for a complete ban on all snares in Scotland. It’s time the Scottish Government listened to public opinion and addressed the problem rather than continuing with these farcical regulations”.
Download ‘Blood Still on the Wire’ – http://www.league.org.uk/uploads/media/28/7582.pdf