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Swedish Traps Too Cruel for Predators

Published onsdag 3 februari 2010 kl 12.05
Fox in a trap

Wildlife experts are criticizing the traps set out by pheasant hunters for foxes, badgers, hawks and other predators feeding on pheasants and other game birds.

The critics say the traps are not checked on a daily basis - resulting in the unnecessary and cruel suffering of the predators – and that the live pigeons used as bait are kept in too small cages and are given no food or water for long periods.

This comes after earlier criticism that the traps used to capture lynx in the Swedish forests are too primitive - and also not checked regullary. Many of the captured wild cats are found with horrific scratch marks from desperately trying to break out of the traps and their stomached are filled with wood splinters as they tired to chew their way to freedom.

Some of the trappers say they want to replace the traps with more modern and more humane versions, but wildlife authorities say the lynxes should never be trapped at all but should be hunted only with the rifle instead.

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