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Call for more regulation of wildlife traps

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By Josh Loeb

Current laws on the trapping of wild animals are ‘not fit for purpose’.

That was the warning given to members of the Wild Animal Welfare Committee last week.

The Humane Society presented evidence that ‘break-back’ traps used to kill rodents vary widely in terms of impact momentum and clamping force – commonly used proxies for welfare performance.

As a result, rodents can be left mortally wounded but not killed, meaning they spend hours – or even days – in pain and suffering before they die.

Sandra Baker, a Humane Society research fellow at the University of Oxford, told the committee that current laws on lethal and live trapping of wild animals were ‘inadequate and unfair’.

Speaking at the committee’s conference in Edinburgh last week, she said: ‘Anyone can …

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