WELSH Conservatives have supported calls for a ban on the use of snares in Wales.

Assembly members Russell George and Andrew RT Davies, who first championed a ban in the Senedd in March, this year, have joined the League Against Cruel Sports in supporting a complete ban as the only way forward.

Speaking in the National Assembly on March 25, this year, Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “Minister, from my personal point of view, I would like to see a ban on snares, to be honest with you; I see no modern use for them at all.”

(National Assembly Record of Proceedings, March 25, 2015) Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Russell George AM, said: “Welsh Conservatives want a complete ban on snares and we wholeheartedly support calls from animal welfare campaigners.

“Cruel and unnecessary – it’s time to stamp this practice out in Wales for good.

"The Welsh Government’s current code of practice simply isn’t working. It’s is ineffective and it isn’t getting the desired results."

“Banning snares would be a huge step forward in animal welfare and I urge government ministers to listen.”

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “I have long supported a ban on snares and I fully support the League Against Cruel Sports in its campaign to get this enacted."

“It’s time Welsh Government ministers started listening to the criticism.

“Snares are horrific and indiscriminate. The pain snares inflict on animals is dreadful and I would welcome the opportunity to work with the Welsh Government to ensure they’re gone for good.”