League Against Cruel Sports MLAs Survey

A poll of Members of the Legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports

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Date Published
01 Feb 2010

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NEW FIGURES SHOW POLITICAL WILL TO END SNARING IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The League Against Cruel Sports has released new figures showing overwhelming support among Northern Irish politicians to make the use of animal snares illegal. The research found that 83 per cent of MLAs questioned thought animal snares should not be a legal form of trapping.

The research was carried out in November and December last year as part of a panel survey and found that across all five main parties the majority of members would support a ban.

Of those questioned, all Alliance Party members agreed that the manufacture, use and sale of animal snares should be illegal. In Sinn Fein and SDLP the figures stood at 91 and 95 per cent respectively while 76 per cent of DUP and 62 per cent of UUP members agreed with an end to the use of snaring.

The new figures are released on the same day the League Against Cruel Sports will give a presentation to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee arguing the case for an end to snaring in Northern Ireland. The League’s Chief Executive Douglas Batchelor will give evidence to the committee showing the extent of animal suffering due to the inherently cruel and indiscriminate nature of a snare. 

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