A MOVE to ban animal snares on county council land is being made today by a Bognor Regis councillor.
Cllr Francis Oppler will ask his fellow council members to order that the indiscriminate use of the animal traps which can cause exreme pain should no longer be allowed on the local authority’s estates.
“It is time that the county council as a major landowner in West Sussex sets an example and bans the use of snares on its land,” said Cllr Oppler (LD, Bognor Regis E). “Sadly, several estates in the county still use this barbaric form of control on wild animals.”
Cllr Oppler’s motion at today’s full council meeting seeks support to ask the West Sussex cabinet member for finance, Jeremy Hunt, to put a policy in place that imposes a ban on the use of snares on all WSCC-owned land and to oppose the use of any inhumane method of wildlife control that causes undue suffering.
Cllr Oppler said thousands of animals were killed each week in the UK as a result of snares. Foxes and rabbits were often the main target but protected species, like badgers, were also victims.
The county council is one of the largest land owners in West Sussex. It leases more than 1,400 acres to tenants. Plots vary from less than two acres to well over 100 and are home to a range of animals.