The joint statement, issued by BASC Scotland, the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA), the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA), the Scottish Estates Business Group and Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA), highlighted the fact that snaring is “a vital tool for responsible land managers”.

This news comes after activists, dressed as animals, marched on Holyrood last week in protest against snares. A new anti-snaring advertising campaign featuring the slogan “Hanging is still legal in Scotland” is also being launched in a bid to convince ministers the practice should be outlawed.

The joint statement stresses that countryside working practices do not want any more limitations placed on them: “Snaring is already subject to strict legislation and codes of practice, with penalties for illegal activity. However, as an industry we are not complacent and continue to work towards better technology, deliver better training and ensure high standards.”

The rest of this article appears in 24 January issue of Shooting Times.

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