A badger has died after becoming trapped in an “indiscriminate and cruel” snare in Llanhamlach, near Brecon.
RSPCA Cymru tended to the badger on 27 May, with the device wrapped tightly around the animal’s body.
Sadly, following independent veterinary inspection, the extent of the badger’s injuries – including a damaged neck – were found to be so bad that he had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.
The device was not a self-locking snare, which are illegal. However, under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it is an offence to injure, kill or take a badger, except under license.
Badgers are also listed under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; making the use of a snare to catch a badger in this way an offence.
RSPCA Cymru believes use of the devices in Wales should be made illegal.
Anyone with relevant information related to the capture of the badger in this snare is urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line. Worryingly, other snares were found in the in the Llanhamlach village, including those set on what appeared to be an obvious animal path.
Selina Chan, RSPCA inspector, said: “Sadly, when I found this badger, the snare had caused him a huge amount of damage, and on independent veterinary advice he had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.
“There is a strong legal framework protecting badgers – so it could be assumed that this animal was not the target for the snare, which only further highlights how indiscriminate and cruel these devices are.
“However, we cannot be sure the badger was not the intended target; and other snares were found on a neighbouring path. If anyone has any relevant information, they are urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“This snare would have caused this poor badger slow and agonising pain, and RSPCA Cymru will continue to campaign against the use of snares in Wales.”
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