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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22891: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported recent incidents, including those involving pets being caught in snares, what its response is to claims that its legislation governing snaring is not fit for purpose and the calls for it to legislate to make the sale, use and manufacture of snares illegal.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 14 May 2019

A review into snaring every 5 years is required by Section 11F of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) undertook a review in 2016 and the outcome was published in 2017. This found that snaring-related incidents have reduced following snaring regulations introduced through the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010. The SNH review also made recommendations that will further improve snaring practices and components.

The Scottish Government is considering these recommendations.