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MANY of your readers will be appalled to find out that hanging is still legal in Britain.

Wire snares are still legal and often consign their victims to an agonising death by either asphyxiation or cutting off the blood supply to parts of their bodies.

Many wild and domesticated animals will even resort to chewing off their own limbs in their panic to escape.

Snares are also indiscriminate killers, catching endangered species like otters and even domestic pets and livestock like sheep.

Surveys reveal that four out of five animals snared are not the intended victims.

Cats are extremely vulnerable to snares because they often range far afield on their own and, if they get caught and cannot free themselves, then their owners will rarely find out.

Some of the worst offenders are gamekeepers at some of Britain's leading country estates who are targeting wildlife, including rare and protected species, in order to defend game bird stocks for the shooting season.

Many other countries in the EU have already banned this barbaric practice. I am convinced that once people know of the pain and suffering involved then they will demand an end to this cruelty.

I urge your readers to join the campaign to get snares banned by logging on to www.league.org.uk Councillor Rob Curtis Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 4, 2009
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