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Scottish Gov. Ignores 99.9% who wanted snares banned

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Wednesday 7th May 2008

GOVERNMENT REVEALS THOUSANDS WERE IGNORED IN REACHING CONTROVERSIAL SNARE

DECISION

99.9 PER CENT OF CORRESPONDENTS WANTED SNARES BANNED

The Scottish Government has revealed that 99.9 per cent of people who contacted it about snaring in the last year expressed the view that snaring should be banned. However, the Government chose to ignore this, instead deciding to allow this cruel practice to continue under new regulations.

The overwhelming extent to which public opinion was ignored has been revealed in answers to Parliamentary Questions1 when Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart asked the Government how many people had contacted the Minister for Environment since May 2007 in respect to snaring and how many had contacted the Minister in this same time period asking for snares to be made illegal.

Responding to the questions the Minister for Environment, Mike Russell MSP, said he had received 7,192 representations in regard to snaring and a massive 7,182 (99.9%) of these were calling for a ban.

The Government has already been criticised for ignoring a public consultation on snaring in which 70% of respondents called for a ban, and an independent opinion poll2 which showed that three quarters (75%) of people in Scotland want a ban on snares.

In addition, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that, in advance of the Minister's recent announcement that he intends to allow snaring to continue, the Government was working closely behind the scenes with organisations wanting snaring to continue3.

Scottish Campaigns Manager for the League Against Cruel Sports, Louise Robertson said; "It is absolutely staggering that the will of so many people was clearly ignored in the Government's decision to allow snaring to continue. It makes a complete mockery of democracy".

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