The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is reminding members that it will be illegal to use snares in Wales from October 17th, 2023.
On that date, the Agriculture (Wales) Act comes into force, despite the potentially disastrous impact on species conservation and livestock protection.
BASC provided comprehensive evidence as to why snares are an essential tool for the management of foxes in areas, or at times of year, when other methods are impractical or unsafe.
Despite this, the Welsh government proceeded with a ban and Wales is the first country to ban the use of snares, including modern designs which exceed international standards for restraining devices.
Although BASC is deeply opposed to a ban on snares in Wales, it says it is important that everyone abides by the new law. Any person found guilty of using a snare could face imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
Steve Griffiths, BASC’s director of Wales said: “It is vital that all snare users retrieve any deployed snares or cable restraints prior to October 17th.
“We’d appreciated the help of our members in informing their colleagues and friends who may not know about the change as we don’t wish to see members on the wrong side of the law.”
BASC will be issuing further advice and guidance to assist members with fox control methods in due course.