Found a snare?

If there is a live animal in the snare call the relevant animal welfare charity. We do not advise trying to release an animal yourself as the animal could be injured and require medical attention. Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form.


Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required


Watch Bill Oddie in Snares Uncovered

Many individuals and animal welfare organisations campaign against snares because of the suffering that they inflict on target and non-target animals. An independent opinion poll carried out for OneKind found that 77% of people in Scotland thought snaring should be illegal; and a joint survey carried out by OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports in 2008 found that 75% of vets in Scotland believed snaring should end.

Most recently, OneKind supporters campaigned for a complete ban on snaring under the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill as it was progressing through the Scottish Parliament. Regrettably, Members of the Scottish Parliament did not support a complete ban, but they did introduce more stringent legislation than anywhere else in the UK, and provide that this should be reviewed in 2016.

To support the original campaign, OneKind commissioned robust independent research into the welfare impacts of snare use in the UK, its effects on biodiversity and the agricultural economy, and key recommendations for alternatives to snaring. This was followed up in 2016 with a new report Cruel and Indiscriminate, reviewing matters since the WANE Act came into force.

OneKind submitted evidence to the first review of the Scottish legislation in 2016 about the true nature and extent of snare use, and its effects on animal welfare, based on evidence gathered by OneKind field research and investigations staff, showing animals suffering in snares. We were disappointed that the Scottish Natural Heritage review did not recommend a full ban on snaring in Scotland, but it did make some proposals that would further refine and codify snaring practices and components, and suggested these could be delivered through the Snaring Code of Practice. There appears to have been no progress on implementing these proposals. One positive outcome, however, was a statement that Scottish Natural Heritage would no longer license the use of snares to trap mountain hares, on welfare grounds.

What can you do?

If you believe that snares should not be used to trap and kill animals in our countryside, please tell your local politicians – Members of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly – how you feel.

Above all, if you see snares anywhere and want to tell someone about it, please report it here.

More information on snares can be found in the OneKind guide to hunting, trapping and wildlife persecution in Scotland.

Latest snare reports

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