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RSPCA warning over dangerous snare traps

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The RSPCA has issued a warning over the "barbarity" of snare traps after a badger was found with a broken leg in a Norfolk town.

The animal charity has released photographs of the badger that was discovered in excruciating pain by a member of the public in Tuttles Lane East in Wymondham.

It had suffered a severe cut to the abdomen and a broken leg and had to be put to sleep by vets.

Setting a free running snare can cost up to £5,000 and/or a jail sentence. Credit: RSPCA

Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it is an offence (except under licence) to kill, injure or take a badger, to cruelly treat a badger or to interfere with a badger sett. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981,anyone found guilty of setting a self-locking snare, or illegally setting a free-running snare faces a maximum £5,000 fine and/or six months in prison.

“Sadly it’s not the first time I’ve seen a beautiful wild animal caught up in a terrible trap like this, so I knew I needed to act quickly because the badger would be suffering immensely.

It breaks my heart to see beautiful wild animals like this suffer so much, and so needlessly. The snare had caused a horrific wound on the badger’s body, and it’s possible she had been suffering like this for up to 48 hours, dragging the snare along with her. These wire traps can be made quite easily by people but they cause unthinkable suffering to animals.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the member of the public who called us to let us know so we could act quickly and do what we could in this instance, even though sadly the badger was too badly hurt to be saved. They did a really kind thing. And also a big thank you to the vet who made it a priority to come out to find the badger so we didn’t have to move her.”

– RSPCA inspector Emily Astillberry

Anyone with any information about how the badger came to be injured can call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

The RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, saleand use of all snares and any traps which cause suffering. A snare is a wirenoose which is attached to a stake or heavy object that acts as an anchor.