The Scottish Parliament?s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee has acknowledged the need for snaring as a land management tool, provided it is increasingly regulated and practioners are properly trained.

The Committee has published its stage one report for the new Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill, which states that, While the committee deeply respects those who have a principled opposition to snaring, it also recognises that snares can be an effective land management tool.

It supports the increased regulation on snaring, more training in snare handling and measures to reduce the potential suffering of animals caught by snares.

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA), which has led a successful campaign to develop and roll out training courses for using snares, welcomed the report.

SGA chairman Alex Hogg told Shooting Times: ?It is very encouraging that the Rural Affairs Committee has backed the retention of snaring. We?ve pulled out all the stops to work with the Government and get the industry fully trained and accredited in the latest snaring techniques ahead of the new legislation being introduced. And, of course, we?re also continuing our campaign to educate and inform all MSPs about the value of snaring to the rural economy.?

A spokesman for the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA) told Shooting Times: ?The SRPBA welcomes the recommendation that Government and the industry should continue to work together to develop snare technology and techniques, also to improve understanding of animal behaviour and reduce the instances of non-target species being accidentally caught.?

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