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The RSPCA expressed its concern after a snare was left which trapped a badger in Cheshire.

The animal welfare charity were contacted following a report received from the Winsford area.

A social media post on the public Winsford Community Group on Facebook said that the badger had been snared, which had cut the animal's underbelly and stomach.

The snare, described as 'barbaric' by the poster, Angie Hayward, was later pulled off by another passer-by.

The RSPCA were contacted regarding the discovery, but the call-out was later cancelled after the badger moved its location.

The animal welfare charity has described the incident as 'very concerning' and has stressed its opposition to traps which 'causes suffering'

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "It is very concerning that someone set a snare trap which this poor badger got caught in.

"Snares are sadly legal to use to catch certain species, but it is illegal to set snares for some animals including badgers, deer and birds.

"Snares can’t distinguish between animals and it is thought that around 40% of snared animals are not the intended target species. Sadly we do see animals come into us with snare trap injuries as a result."

Type of snare



Winsford, Cheshire


March 2019

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