Countryfile presenter Charlotte Smith was on hand to present the information on fox snaring to viewers of the BBC magazine programme. The use of extreme wildlife control measures are a divisive issue across the countryside, as many animal rights campaigners have stated the methods are inhumane. Although the use of snares are not illegal in the UK, some farmers and gamekeepers who are protective of their livestock take precautions to ensure their produce is kept safe and viewers of the show were left outraged by the segment.
Charlotte explained it is estimated 10,000 foxes are caught up in snares every year, but it’s not just the latter species of wildlife which suffers the extent of the control measure’s force.
The use of such deterrents are legal in the UK if they’re free running and checked everyday, but Scotland have greater rules.
People wanting to use snares within the Scottish borders have to get a license from the police, put their licence number on each instrument their using and complete an accredited training course.
With images shown of the effects on wildlife, viewers were left outraged by the action taken to protect livestock.
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Countryfile viewers in uproar over 'horrific' fox snaring segment: 'Unbelievable' (Image: BBC)
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “Can't believe #snares are not illegal. Horrific. #countryfile.”
Another added: “Not very keen on the idea of animals bring snared. #countryfile,” to which a third commented: “There is NOTHING humane about a snare. #Countryfile.”
A fourth posted: “I’m sorry, but farmer shouldn’t be able to snare wild animals in the UK, they need to create better ways to keep predators away from their herds. #countryfile.”
“Yeah let’s kill one animal in a snare so we have more of another to shoot with a gun , that makes sense , a loose loose situation for wildlife #Unbelievable #countryfile,” a fifth raged.
There is a need to control predators such as foxes
Speaking with Glyn Evans, Head of Game and Gun Dogs for the British Association of Shooting