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e-Petition: Ban the USE of LARSEN TRAPS (Multi Corvid Traps)

open quote / dyfyniad agored

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to BAN the USE, Sale & Manufacture of LARSEN TRAPS (Multi Corvid Traps).

The Larsen trap is a cage bird trap where a live wild decoy bird, (call-bird), is kept trapped inside one compartment to encourage another bird to come down to it. When another visiting bird lands on top s/he falls through a one way gate or false floor into a compartment, where s/he awaits their fate.

Larsen traps were invented in Denmark but are now BANNED in that country, as they are now considered inhumane and extremely cruel.

Larsen traps are mostly used by gamekeepers & smallholders to trap magpies, crows & other corvids. The bird suffers a terrifying ordeal by being trapped day and night without food, water or any shelter from the elements, which causes extreme distress.

Because they use a captive wild bird (technically contrary to the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act) these traps have to be used under the terms of a “General Licence” issued by Natural Resources Wales, where magpies, crows, jays, jackdaws and rooks can be trapped.

The wild “decoy call-birds,” with their most vital instincts frustrated & abused by confinement, suffers a most terrible fate. Close to the ground they are terrorised by predators and watch as fellow birds are brutally killed in front of them. A number end up being found dead through neglect.
Legally, the trapped decoy call-bird should have food, water, shelter & a perch & the 'trap' inspected at least every 24hrs, but, this is not the case. We have witnessed crows left to die without food & water and found dead rotting corpses of the previous decoy call-birds, who are permanently wired inside until they die of starvation or stress.
We have witnessed birds with broken beaks and cut heads where they have tried to escape. We have witnessed brutality, mutilation & maiming where the gamekeeper has cut wing flight feathers to stop the decoy bird from escaping.

The trapping continues throughout the summer months, consequently thousands of chicks starve to death in their nests due to their parent birds being trapped.

Larsen traps are indiscriminate and can trap non target birds or mammals. Although illegal, Pigeons are sometimes used to attract birds of prey who are also then killed.

Trapping wild birds in live bird traps & the use of live decoy call-birds causes untold stress to the unfortunate birds.

We urge that this persecution of wildlife be stopped.

close quote / dyfyniad agos


Petition details

Petition Status: Collecting signatures
Petition Start Date: 22/01/2018
Open until midday on: 30/04/2018
Principal Petitioner(s) Action Against Wildlife Persecution


25 most recent signatures

Total signatures: 740

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
Sheila Anne Saltmarshe Cardiff Central 21/02/2018
Rhiannon Nowak Neath 20/02/2018
Andrew Stronach Aberdeen 20/02/2018
Alison Jayne maccabee Bridgend 20/02/2018
Paul Fear Newport East 16/02/2018
Adrian McGuinn's Cheshire 15/02/2018
Ian Venner Alyn and Deeside 15/02/2018
David Browning Cardiff South and Penarth 15/02/2018
Julie Howitt Leicester 12/02/2018
Bernard Foy Preseli Pembrokeshire 10/02/2018
Kaye Hunter Vale of Clwyd 10/02/2018
Joanne shillingford Clwyd West 10/02/2018
Roshni Surdevan Manchester 10/02/2018
Helen Jackson Clwyd West 10/02/2018
Marta Czime Litwinczuk Manchester 08/02/2018
Viraj chawda Gloucester 07/02/2018
Kathleen Lavelle Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07/02/2018
Catherine Schofield Cardiff North 06/02/2018
CC Davies Vale of Glamorgan 06/02/2018
Magdalena Demery Kent 06/02/2018
A Evens Preseli Pembrokeshire 05/02/2018
Marjorie Hawkins Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 05/02/2018
Anonymous Nottingham 05/02/2018
G Harwood Aberavon 05/02/2018
Martin Hirst London 03/02/2018

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