NEWS RELEASE January 13, 2015
The League Against Cruel Sports and the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) have today welcomed the news that a man has been reported for summons following a Surrey Police investigation after illegal gin traps had been placed in Guildford resulting in the deaths of two foxes.
Last week the League and WAF launched a public appeal and a £1000 reward for information leading to the successful conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for setting the traps.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League said: “We welcome the strong response from Surrey Police and the news that an individual has been reported for summons. These traps are incredibly cruel devices. The suffering they cause was sadly evident in the horrific injuries sustained by the two foxes. We encourage members of the public to get in touch or contact the police with any information that could help us prevent further wild animals, pets or even child casualties.”
WAF Chief Executive Simon Cowell MBE said: “It is good news that the individual has been caught, although we suspect that there may still be multiple traps in the area still unaccounted for which may even have foxes or other animals still caught on them. We urge the public to remain vigilant and to notify us or the police if they see any more traps.”
Anyone with information relating to the perpetrators and the traps are being urged to contact the League via their Wildlife Crimewatch line in complete confidence on 01483 361 108 or via the charity’s website using their online form as soon as possible to prevent any further wild animals, pets or even child casualties. Alternatively members of the public can report information to the Police by calling 101 and quoting crime watch reference number: P15006136.
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/
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January 14th 2015:
Last minute development: Another trap was found today. It was a heartbreakingly gruesome sight, as a fox’s paw was attached to the trap… This means that a fox is currently running scared on three legs, suffering immensely, or is dead. Keep an eye out for him or her and call our 24-hour emergency helpline: 09061 800 132 (calls charged at 50p per min, to help with funding) if you see this poor animal. Please stay vigilant!