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Snares

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the legality of using snares. (115919)

When DEFRA published its code of good practice on the use of snares in fox and rabbit control in October 2005, it also published the DEFRA Snares Action Plan. A copy of the Action Plan can be found on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/vertebrates/snares/pdf/snares-actionplan.pdf

The action plan clearly sets out DEFRA’s commitment for research to be undertaken to monitor the voluntary uptake of the code, its practical application and impact. A research project will be procured in the near future. DEFRA will aim to review the code of good practice by the end of 2008 in the light of research findings and of its impact on snaring practices and results. Following the review of the code, DEFRA will consider giving it a higher legal status if appropriate.