Damning information about snares in Alberta is revealing just how dangerous the indiscriminate killing devices are – to all creatures who explore the province’s wilds.
“The theory behind [snares] is that it captures the animal around the neck and throat area and strangles it,” former wildlife management expert Dwight Rodtka told the Herald. “It’s proven over years and years to be very inhumane. You’ll have the animals snared way back on their neck or around their jaw or around their foot and leg. A lot of them die of exposure and dehydration and hypothermia and exhaustion, and everything else — they can actually live for several days — and often do live for several days.”
By-catch – animals maimed or killed by traps that aren’t the intended target – are common, but reporting is only mandatory in Alberta for a handful of species. As we’ve seen in recent months, dogs are also common victims of snares, which are often heavily baited to attract predatory animals.
Snares are scientifically-proven to be inhumane, and are completely indiscriminate. It’s time for Alberta to accept that they have no place in modern society.
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