‘A country-wide effort to ban cruel snares’
From Thursday 19th August 2021 to bank holiday Monday, Lush will partner with Animal Aid – who’ve teamed up with the Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) and National Anti Snaring Campaign (NASC) – calling for a ban on snares with campaign materials in their 101 stores across the UK.
The highlight of the twelve-day event will be a powerful display by aerial dancers in the Lush Oxford Street store on Saturday 21st August, from 11am to 2pm, with performers drawing attention to the plight of animals caught in snares. Concerned shoppers can acknowledge this suffering by signing the online petition – and even add to the spectacle by stencilling animals and paw prints on the shop windows of participating Lush stores.
What are Snares?
Snares are thin wire nooses, designed to catch animals around the neck and hold them until they are ‘dispatched’ by a human. Snares are usually used to catch foxes or rabbits, but often catch other wild animals – and sometimes even cats and dogs. Snares can cause serious injuries and even death.
In 2016, a private members bill calling for a total ban on snares gained a majority vote. Despite this instead of a law being passed a Code of Practice was issued. This code allows snares to be laid as long as they are checked within 24 hours.
A Defra report from 2012, estimated that ‘at any one time and depending on the season, between 62,800 and 188,300 fox snares were in use in England and between 17,200 and 51,600 fox snares in Wales.’ Clearly this is not an isolated incident or a marginal activity and reveals the potential scale of, largely unseen, suffering.
A short but graphic video from Animal Aid and Hunt Investigation Team video shows the terrible reality of how animals suffer – and die – in snares, viewer discretion advised.
What can be done?
In the recently published Action Plan For Animal Welfare, the Government has said they will issue a call for evidence on the use of snares. It is important that the public have their voices heard during this opportunity, not just industry. There is currently a call for the public to sign a petition on the Government website calling for a ban on snares. If 100,000 people sign this, it could trigger a parliamentary debate. We have until November to reach 100,000 signatures. Animal Aid with the help of Lush are encouraging members of the public to sign the petition, this can be reached from a QR code in your Lush shop windows or by going directly to: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/581402
Alongside Animal Aid, Lush will also be encouraging customers to complete Animal Aid’s e-action. This enables them to write to their MP and local councillors, highlighting a local story of an animal trapped in a snare, and requesting action.
Notes for Editors
About Animal Aid
Animal Aid is one of the longest established animal rights groups in the world, having been founded in 1977. They campaign for an end to the exploitation and abuse of all animals, but focus on those who aren’t the most ‘popular’ or ‘cute’ – for example they focus their wildlife campaigning on grey squirrels, rats, mice, foxes, etc. They work on several different campaign areas, where animals need a voice, ranging from campaigning against animal experiments, horse racing, the farming of animals and their slaughter. They also promote a vegan lifestyle, have a cruelty-free shop and an amazing education department.
Animal Aid worked in collaboration with the Hunt Investigation Team and the National Anti-Snaring Campaign who provided vital expertise.
Sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/581402
For more information see Animal Aid’s webpage to ban snares. Alternatively, please call Jade Emery on 01732 364546 or Fleur Disney on 07864 830589.
Lush invent, manufacture and retail fresh handmade cosmetics. A beauty company with a campaigning heart, Lush is passionate about direct action and uses their stores around the world as a platform to shed light on little known social and environmental issues.
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