In my walks in Scotland I have often come across animal traps. I have always felt a sickening unease when finding them, imagining the horrors of the animal, be it a bird or mammal stuck in the things either crushed and dead or waiting patiently for the gamekeeper to come along to murder it.
I will admit to being so appalled that I have freed the odd crow or two from a Larsen trap, perhaps illegally.
The main purpose of trapping animals in our countryside, by those that set them, is to kill animals that they see as a threat to their business, which more often than not is to rear birds to be shot for entertainment. I have never known whether or not the traps I was looking at were legal or not. I am sure you have been in the same position.
With thanks to David Lintern on Facebook I have found a webpage that explains which traps are legal and illegal and what to do if you find a trap that you believe is illegal.
You can find it by clicking HERE