RSPCA warning against ‘inhumane and cruel’ snares after fox freed in Suffolk
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The RSPCA has criticised the use of snare traps for catching animals after a fox was found tangled in wire and hanging from a fence.
The injured animal was found in woodland off Barningham Road, Stanton, on Wednesday January 25, and was found with the wire 'free-running' snare wrapped around his pelvis.
The fox was spotted by a dog walker who called the RSPCA to the scene.
They took 40 minutes to carefully cut the fox free, but luckily he wasn't badly hurt.
RSPCA inspector Chris Nice said: 'Snares can cause a huge amount of pain and distress and can be fatal. The use of them on animals is inhumane and cruel.
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'People need to be aware that they leave themselves open to prosecution.'
Snares are unable to discriminate between species and act like a noose.
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It is illegal for a free-running snare to lock, whether through design or improper positioning.