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Call to stop cats suffering from snares

17 January 2014
Call to stop cats suffering from snares

The UK’s oldest and largest cat charity is backing a campaign to ban snares in a bid to end the horrific injuries and painful deaths suffered by cats when they get caught in these inhumane traps.

Cats Protection is supporting a petition that calls for a complete ban on the manufacture, sale and use of snares across England and Wales and is urging people to support cat welfare by adding their signatures.

The petition is being run by the League Against Cruel Sports and if it attracts enough signatures it is hoped the issue will be debated in Parliament and bring about a much-needed change in the law.

Snares are thin wire nooses that are commonly used by gamekeepers to catch foxes, rabbits and stoats. However, snares do not discriminate and other animals, such as cats, often get caught in them, causing immense suffering.

Snaring has been banned in most of Europe but is still legal in the UK. Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Advocacy Manager said: “This subject has long been very close to our hearts because we hear of the terrible injuries snares inflict on cats, whether they are domestic pets, strays or ferals. A report by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found that almost 30% of rabbit snare users had caught a cat.

"We want to do all we can to bring about a total ban on the use of snares – in the interests of not only cats but all animals. Snares are cruel and unnecessary and simply not appropriate in a modern, humane society.”

Rebecca Taylor, Head of Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports said: “Snaring is one of the cruellest forms of animal abuse. Thousands of animals including domestic cats and dogs fall victim to snares every day, yet shockingly, the practice continues to remain legal in the UK. Current voluntary codes of practice do not work; a complete ban on snaring is the only way to stop the suffering caused by these barbaric devices.”

The petition has so far reached over 50,000 signatures but many more are needed if it is to stand a chance of being debated in Parliament. To lend your support, please visit www.league.org.uk/BanSnares and for more information about the campaign, please visit the League Against Cruel Sports website:
www.league.org.uk/Snaring

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps 218,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres. To find out more about the work of Cats Protection please visit the charity’s website www.cats.org.uk
 
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For more information, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on media.office@cats.org.uk or 01825 741 911

Notes to Editors:
1. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. 2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
3. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk