£1000 Reward For Guildford Gin Trap Culprit Information

NEWS RELEASE
January 7, 2015: Release time immediate
 
SAFETY ALERT IN GUILDFORD AFTER SECOND DEADLY ANIMAL TRAP IS DISCOVERED
 
Residents of Guildford are being urged to take extra care when out walking in the Fielder’s Green area of the town. The warning comes from a local wildlife charity after a deadly Gin Trap killed another animal in the area – the second such fatality in the space of 10 days. Both of these incidents were very close to Tormead School.
 
The Leatherhead-based Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) said that although both victims of these vicious traps have been foxes, if there are any more Gin Traps in the area the next victim could just as easily be a pet dog, a cat, or even a child. “This is not just a problem for wildlife but for any animal, and for people too”, said WAF chief executive Simon Cowell MBE.
“This fox, like the last one, must have suffered horribly before its death”, added Simon. “Just imagine what it would be like for a child or a pet getting its foot caught in the trap. I know there are people who don’t like foxes but you need to remember that it is not just wild animals that get caught in these appalling contraptions.”
Illegal in England since 1958, the Gin Trap is a spring-operated mechanical trap which snaps shut when an animal steps on it. Made of steel, its jaws close tightly on the animal’s leg – and the animal is completely unable to get away. Its spring action is so powerful that it can smash bones of smaller animals and rip their feet off. 
“We have had reports tonight that there could be another fox in the same area, caught in one of these vicious traps, but we have not been able to locate it yet”, said Simon. “The trouble is that we don’t know how many Gin Traps there are in the area. If some very sadistic and cruel person has been going around putting out these Gin Traps around Guildford to try to kill foxes, it is anybody’s guess how many of the devices are out there. If you see one of these traps, please report it to the police, and notify the Wildlife Aid Foundation of the trap’s location. If you can, try to spring the trap shut with a stick or branch so that it can’t be of any further danger to animals. But please make sure that children keep clear – these things are extremely dangerous. Only an adult should attempt to spring a Gin Trap.”
With a veterinary hospital and wildlife rehabilitation centre at Randalls Road in Leatherhead, WAF deals with some 20,000 wildlife incidents every year and responds to emergency callouts from all over Surrey and surrounding areas. For further information please go to www.wildlifeaid.org.uk. 
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PRESS CONTACTS: Simon Cowell, tel: 07836 635269 email: simon@wildlifeaid.org.uk;  Andy Smith, tel: 07737 271676

NEWS RELEASE January 9, 2015

The League Against Cruel Sports and the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) have today (Friday 9 January 2015) launched a public appeal and a £1,000 reward for information leading to the successful conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for setting the illegal gin traps resulting in the death of two foxes in Guildford, Surrey. 
The animal welfare and wildlife charities have joined forces to offer the cash incentive, fearing that there may be more of the cruel devices in the area.

Anyone with information relating to the perpetrators and the traps is urged to contact the League via their Wildlife CrimeWatch Line in complete confidence on 01483 361 108 as soon as possible to prevent any further casualties, whether wild animals, pets or even children. Alternatively, members of the public can report information to the Police by calling 101 and quoting crime watch reference number: P15006136.

WAF Chief Executive Simon Cowell MBE said: “We do not know how many gin traps there are in the area. If some very sadistic person has been going around putting out these traps around Guildford to try to kill foxes, it is anybody’s guess how many of the devices are out there.”

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League said: “Like snares, gin traps are incredibly archaic, indiscriminate and inherently cruel devices – designed purely to cause destruction, pain and suffering. We hope that by partnering up with the Wildlife Aid Foundation to offer this monetary incentive, anyone with information will come forward to prevent any more animals, pets  or even people falling victim.”
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Notes to Editor
•    Two foxes were caught and killed in gin traps set in close proximity to Tormead School, Guilford, Surrey in the space of ten days

•    Illegal in England since 1958, the gin trap is a spring-operated mechanical trap which snaps shut when an animal steps on it. Made of steel, its jaws close tightly on the animal’s leg – and the animal is completely unable to get away. Its spring action is so powerful that it can smash bones of smaller animals and rip their feet off.

•    The Wildlife Aid Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales (1138944) that deals with sick, injured and orphaned British wildlife.  With a veterinary hospital and rehabilitation centre at Randalls Road in Leatherhead, WAF deals with some 20,000 wildlife incidents every year and responds to emergency callouts from all over Surrey and surrounding areas. For further information please go to www.wildlifeaid.org.uk.

•    The League Against Cruel Sports is a charity registered in England and Wales (1095234) that brings together people who care about animals. Like the majority of the public, we believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk/

•    Press contacts

o    Please contact the League’s Press Office on 01483 524 250 (24hrs) or email press@league.org.uk with any queries, image or interview requests.

o    WAF: Simon Cowell:  01372 377332  simon@wildlifeaid.org.uk