Minister delays the Snares Order (NI) 2015

Greg Kane, Chairman, BDS NI, Tom Brown & Lyall Plant, Chief Executive, CAI
Greg Kane, Chairman, BDS NI, Tom Brown & Lyall Plant, Chief Executive, CAI

It is with deep disappointment that Countryside Alliance Ireland learned of the Environment Minister’s intention to withhold the introduction to the Assembly of The Snares Order (Northern Ireland) 2015.

As an active member of the working group set up by the Minister’s Department in 2011 to devise guidelines for good snaring practice, we are extremely dismayed that not only has he bowed to pressure following calls from the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), but he did so without consultation with any of the main stakeholders.

CAI believe the use of snares is a valuable and essential practice in wildlife management. As a committed member of PAW NI we uphold the highest standards of animal welfare and indeed fully endorse any measures that will support this.

The claims which LACS are making are unsubstantiated and are just the latest in their attempt to ban the use of snares completely. The working group spent many hours working to devise practical guidelines which would ensure that the use of snares were fully monitored and regulated to ensure that animal welfare was not compromised.

We have written to the Minister to urge him to rethink his position on withholding the Order and we shall keep you updated.

Tom Brown

It is with great sadness that we write of the recent passing of Tom Brown.

Tom, a keen supporter of Countryside Alliance Ireland, was a continuous presence in our marquees every summer, entertaining us with his great repartee. A former President of the British Deer Society in Northern Ireland, his knowledge and experience within the deer stalking circles was second to none. Tom will be sadly missed; not only by the country sports community but by all who knew him.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.