Late last year DEFRA approved a new vermin trap ostensibly to kill stoats and rats, but DEFRA overlooked the fact that it will also kill red squirrels and hedgehogs. What makes this trap lethal is that it powered by a compressed gas capsule which enables it to release the kill and reset itself automatically. Again and again for 6 months! What is significant the makers of the trap claim other predators are likely to remove the corpses of any dead animals below the trap, no need to clean up. However where these units are being installed here in England the two predators to come to remove the dead corpse are likely to be the Red Kite and Buzzard. As we know licenses are being issued by Natural England to remove Buzzards from around the pheasant release pen where there is often an influx of vermin species like rats and stoats. But because an assortment of grain is being used to feed the pheasants on the pheasant shoot the Red Squirrel could also be a target of these very efficient traps.
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There is therefore an urgent need for as many people as possible to bring this to the attention at the highest level.People should write to:-
Dr Therese Coffey MP
Permanent Under Secretary of State
Dept. for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
We would like to thank Tom one of our followers for bringing these disturbing details to our notice.