Snaring of hares to end
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.”