Hare snare trial drags on

The hare snare trial, which is trying to establish whether a snare is a ‘trap’ (in legal terms) and if so, whether that trap is selective or non-selective, continued at Inverness Sheriff Court last Friday. The trial is centred on the allegation that a gamekeeper used illegal snares to take or kill mountain hares on Lochindorb Estate. He denies the charge. See here for background info on this landmark case.

The case was continued and is now set to conclude at the end of this month.

Here’s an earlier report by the SSPCA which shows that snares are, amongst other things, indiscriminate. Here’s an earlier scientific report, commissioned by DEFRA and undertaken by the Central Science Lab and GWCT, which shows that snares are, amongst other things, indiscriminate.

Here’s a link to the SSPCA website where they report on today’s conviction of a Scottish farmer (Iain Hugh McFadzean) for causing a badger unneccessary suffering in an illegally set snare. Well done once again to the SSPCA – another successful wildlife crime conviction to their credit. Can’t understand why the Scottish Government is dragging its heels in bringing forward the consultation to increase SSPCA’s powers. Unless of course they’re under pressure from certain groups who want to remain free to commit wildlife crime without being caught…


1 Response to “Hare snare trial drags on”

  1. November 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Well done indeed to the Scottish SPCA. According to the Galloway Gazette, the farmer who snared the badger was a former chairman of his local agricultural society and had squired Princess Anne around the local show – but had not undertaken any of the industry training now required by law. We have serious doubts about the quality of the gamekeeper training, but at least they’re doing it.

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