Proposal 024 - Andrew RT Davies MS

Published 21/09/2021   |   Last Updated 21/09/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

The following is a proposal for a Member Bill tabled during the Sixth Senedd:

Proposing Member:

Andrew RT Davies MS

Title of the proposed Bill:

Glue Trap Offences (Wales) Bill

Policy Objectives of the proposed Bill:

This Bill would propose an outright ban on the use of glue traps in Wales - ending the trauma these traps can cause animals in Wales.

Supporting information

Glue traps - also known as glue boards or sticky boards - trap animals on a sheet of cardboard, plastic or wood coated with non-drying adhesive, or in a shallow tray of adhesive. Sadly, in attempting to pull themselves free, animals may rip out patches of fur, break bones or even gnaw through their own limbs to escape. Animals caught by the devices can often be trapped for prolonged periods of time - and can experience pain, distress and severe suffering. Unattended animals can die slowly from dehydration, starvation or exhaustion. Glue traps are indiscriminate in what they catch; wild birds and even household pets often fall victim.

In England, a Private Members Bill, backed by the UK Government, has been brought forward by Jane Stevenson MP, meaning Wales risks falling behind neighboring nations on the use of these horrible traps.