Scottish Animal Welfare Commission - trapping of terrestrial wild mammals using snares: position paper

A position paper from the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC) on the live trapping of terrestrial wild mammals and using snares for lethal control in Scotland.

Ethical principles of wildlife management

SAWC notes the view of the WAWC that:

‘Wildlife control should be made subject to ethical principles, such as the international consensus principles for ethical wildlife control (24). These state that human behaviours should first be modified and then, if wildlife control is considered necessary, it should be justified with evidence that substantial harm is being caused to people, property, livelihoods, ecosystems, and/or other animals. Where lethal or non-lethal control is still considered to be needed, it must be carried out using recognised methods with the lowest overall welfare impact.’

While generally supportive of the ethical principles, in the case of snaring, SAWC believes that the animal welfare impacts outlined in section 2 above would negate the value of assessing snaring as a management technique to be applied to sentient wild mammals.




The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission Secretariat
Animal Health and Welfare Team
P-Spur, Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh EH11 3XD

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