Scottish minister for environment Roseanna Cunningham attended the launch of the new practitioners? guide to snaring in Scotland on 20 September.

The minister also attended part of a Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) snaring course at a Perthshire estate. As well as witnessing the training involved in the course, she addressed the delegates and representatives from the organisations who have endorsed the guide.

She said: ?There has been considerable controversy over the continuing use of snares in Scotland and this Government has taken the view that, in certain instances, their use remains necessary as a means of pest control.

?This guide takes into account changes to snaring legislation that are designed to address animal welfare issues and ensure a professional approach to setting and checking snares.

The rest of this article appears in 29th September issue of Shooting Times.

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