Call for banon snares

Date: Friday 20th April 2018

Sir, I write following your article (Herald, 14th April) about a dog dying in a snare on Catholic Trust-owned land near Nenthead. A free running snare is illegal. A snare with a little brass stopper is legal.

If I had my way, every sort of snare would be banned altogether and so would fenn traps. They are just as bad as gin traps. And I speak as a hunter.

I have had a dog in a snare. They are awful things. Mine was lucky as I got there in time, but it was just about breathing its last breath. I feel so sorry for this family who have lost their dog.

The people responsible for this land should know better. Yours etc,

JOHN KIPLING

Penrith.