We’re staying very close to home for this months petition and asking for support to help stop the use of traps and snares on grouse moors in Scotland.
Why use snares to kill animals on grouse moors?
Unfortunately, driven grouse shooting is carried out across Scotland. In order to maintain the grotesque sport and keep grouse numbers artificially high, gamekeepers set cruel, yet legal, traps to kill grouse predators, such as foxes and stoats.
The traps are indiscriminate though, injuring and killing many non-target animals that come in contact, including dogs, cats, and badgers. Thousands of animals are killed each year, and all in the name of ‘sport’.
Types of trap used on grouse moors in Scotland
There are many different types of trap, including:
- Snares: an anchored noose that traps animals by the leg, abdomen or neck
- Spring traps: A trap that springs closed when animals come in contact; similar to a mousetrap
- Crow cage traps: A cage that crows can enter but not escape; usually includes a food lure and decoy bird
- stink pits: A pile of dead rotting animals used to lure animals to waiting snares
The type of trap depends on the target species. You can find out more about the traps and what OneKind is currently doing to stop their use on our sister website, www.onekind.scot.
How can you help?
Help OneKind ban the use of cruel traps on Grouse moors in Scotland by:
- Signing the petition
- Spreading the word to friends and family
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