Snar­ing of hares to end

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

An­i­mal pro­tec­tion char­ity OneKind has wel­comed a de­ci­sion by Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) that will ef­fec­tively end the snar­ing of moun­tain hares.

SNH has an­nounced the de­ci­sion to stop is­su­ing li­cences to snare moun­tain hares across the Scot­tish High­lands.

It was made as part of a wider re­view of the im­pact of snar­ing reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced un­der the Wildlife and Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment (Scot­land) Act 2011.

The find­ings of the re­view stated: “Con­cerns have been raised with SNH over the wel­fare im­pacts of snar­ing hares to the ef­fect that it is dif­fi­cult to ad­vise on a method of snar­ing that does not cause un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing – that they can­not be used ef­fec­tively as a killing trap be­cause an­i­mals take too long to die.”

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