An international agreement designed to regulate the fur trade in Europe and America could result in the UK banning currently legal stoat traps.
Stoat traps in the UK are widely used for pest control, not for the fur trade, but the new agreement between the European Union, Russia, Canada and the USA could be implemented regardless. The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards will be put in effect in the UK by July 2016, but shooting organisations have been trying to ensure that a derogation is applied to the agreement which will exclude already tested and approved spring traps from being outlawed in the UK.
BASC is working with the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the National Farmers’ Union, the Moorland Association and the Countryside Alliance to help amend the agreement. To that end, BASC has written to ministers at Westminster to avoid the unintended consequences of the agreement affecting pest controllers, gamekeepers and farmers in the UK.