Rejected petition Ban the sale, use and manufacture of glue traps in Wales

Glue traps cause cruel and prolonged suffering to animals, often leaving those caught in them to die a slow, painful death - sometimes left days to starve, suffocate or even chew off limbs to escape. They are widely available and cheap meaning they are causing needless suffering.

Despite their intended use as a means of pest control, glue traps are indiscriminate in the animals which are caught by them. Small mammals and birds are often caught, as well as hedgehogs and even household cats.

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In June 2021, Mark Tami, MP for Alyn & Deeside, submitted Early Day Motion 1477, calling for an urgent review into the continued use of glue traps. This resulted in the UK government confirming plans to ban them.

Both the RSPCA and RSPB have spoken out against the cruelty of glue traps.

RSPCA on glue traps:

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On 21 September 2021 Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd published the Welsh Government's policy response which includes further information on the Agriculture Bill, which they plan to introduce next year. This includes a statement that they plan to amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to ban the use of snares and glue traps in Wales.

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