Welsh Government announces glue trap ban

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The Welsh Government has announced its intention to ban the use of glue traps – after two Senedd Members tabled legislative proposals from the RSPCA, which would have outlawed the devices in Wales

In its policy response to the Agriculture (Wales) Bill’s White Paper, the Welsh Government has announced plans to ensure the legislation will “amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to ban the use of snares and glue traps” in Wales.

While the Welsh Government had previously announced plans to ban snares in its programme for government, this is the first time they have committed to doing the same for glue traps too.

The announcement follows the RSPCA’s recent #LawsForPaws campaign, where animal owners across Wales sent thousands of emails to their Members of the Senedd, urging them to use the Welsh Parliament’s first ballot for Member-proposed legislation for three years to propose RSPCA-backed animal-friendly proposals, including a Glue Trap Offences (Wales) Bill.

David Bowles, the head of public affairs at the RSPCA, said: “Glue traps are horrible devices ≠ and our officers have been left shocked and horrified by the awful injuries inflicted to wildlife, pets and other animals.

“We’re absolutely delighted that the Welsh Government has now announced plans to outlaw glue traps once and for all, as it outlines its next steps linked to the landmark Agriculture (Wales) Bill. This follows earlier announced plans to ban snares too.”

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