Animal welfare activists only seek to ban snares after a pet cat is hurt
Animal welfare activists in the UK have decided to hate snare traps, after a young cat lost a leg to one, maybe.
In Sussex, a two year old cat named Tabitha went missing, and returned home with horrific injuries. Unfortunately, vets had to amputate one of her rear legs. Veterinary nurse Chloe Emmerson said “We did everything we could to try and save her leg but sadly the injuries to her paw were so bad that we had no other option but to remove her leg. No-one saw exactly what happened so we can’t say for sure it was a snare, but all the evidence points to that.” Hmm. This is the strongest argument we have against snares?
In light of Tabitha’s suffering, Cats Protection and The League Against Cruel Sports have called for snares to be outlawed. The League’s deputy director of campaigns, Chris Pitt, says pet owners should be more ‘snare aware,’ so cats like Tabitha don’t get hurt. He goes on to mention that “Snares are indiscriminate – around 1.7million animals get caught in them every year, and although normally set to catch foxes and rabbits, two out of every three animals caught in these nooses are unintended quarry like dogs and cats.”
So why did it take an unintended victim to catalyst change? How are Tabitha’s injuries more insulting to people than the one’s inflicted on the foxes, rabbits, and wild animals we deem fair game? I find it maddening that an accidental injury to a domesticated animal can cause the kind of uproar that unnecessary intentional capture and death deserves. We should imagine all creatures as capable of care, love, and freedom as we do our pets.
Snare traps are archaic and I agree they should disappear, not to save our pets, but to save all animals.