Animal Welfare: Trapping

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Lindsay Roy Lindsay Roy Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ban the use of snares across the UK.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government takes animal welfare issues very seriously. My noble Friend, Lord de Mauley, has met interested parties from both sides of the debate. He has invited them to work with DEFRA to consider the range of solutions for improving welfare standards when managing fox and rabbit issues.

As part of this we are working with stakeholders to improve the Government’s advice on how to comply with existing requirements.

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