Red kite suffers horrific injuries from illegal gin trap

From Powys County Times, 22 May 2018:


An RSPCA appeal for information has been launched following the death of a red kite caught by an illegal gin trap.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after the poor bird of prey was found bleeding, and with broken legs, in the trap on the B4340, near New Cross and Abermadwr on May 7.

The caller who found the bird transferred the animal to a local veterinary practice on Park Avenue, where it was confirmed that the legs had been broken by the trap.

Sadly, the vet was left with no choice but to put the bird to sleep to prevent further suffering.

Gin traps, such as the device used in this incident, are spring-operated and illegal to set and use, although not illegal to own. It is also illegal to set any spring trap in the open or on top of a post.

The RSPCA say they are following a line of inquiry about the placing of the trap – but are calling on the local community in Aberystwyth to get in touch should they have any relevant information.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “These gin traps were made illegal to set many years ago and yet shockingly are still being used to catch animals. They are indiscriminate and sadly this red kite is the latest victim.

The potential consequences of these devices for animals and humans are so severe. I shudder to think what could have happened had a toddler, for example, crossed the path of this trap.

We are following a line of inquiry on this incident but are eager for more information to come to light as to the circumstances behind this illegal trap being put down.

The RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and all calls are treated in confidence.”


7 Responses to “Red kite suffers horrific injuries from illegal gin trap”

  1. 1 Roberta Mouse
    May 23, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I wonder just how long it will take for it to dawn that anyone found indulging in the use of these instruments of torture, carries a mandatory and long prison sentence….because nothing short of that, it seems will ever stop it. !

  2. May 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    What will they do to the ‘areshole’ if they catch him or her, smack them on the wrist. Gin traps were outlawed in 1954 and people are still setting them. xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxx

    • 3 PTH
      May 23, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Gin Traps were made illegal for actual setting as traps in 1954 and as it’s now 2018 (64 years later) I really think it’s time that they should now be made illegal to possess or own. What other possible use on this earth could they have apart from causing malicious suffering.

      • 4 Chris tuohy
        May 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

        It’s same with poison it’s illegal to use it
        But not to own it,it’s almost as if these
        Laws are passed with a free get out of jail card.

        [Ed: Hi Chris, it is an offence to possess certain poisons in Scotland – see The Possession of Pesticides (Scotland) Order 2005]

  3. May 23, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Just sickening to think that bk word practice is still happening hope someone comes forward & guilty are givin there just deserts by trapping there bollocks in a gin trap.

  4. 6 Jimmy
    May 23, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Ever corner of the country appears to have these filthy murdering vermin

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