Illegal baited trap in Airdrie ‘a deliberate attempt to attract wild birds’, particularly birds of prey

Press release from the Scottish SPCA (17th August 2022):

Appeal for information after Jackdaw caught in illegal trap in Airdrie

The Scottish SPCA has appealed for information after a Jackdaw was found in an illegal spring trap in Plains, Airdrie, on 18th May 2022.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident by a member of the public who discovered the live bird in the trap.

A Scottish SPCA special investigations unit inspector, who cannot be named due to undercover operations, said: “Sadly, the Jackdaw caught in the trap had sustained such horrendous injuries that they had to be put to sleep to end their suffering.

The bird was caught in the trap by their left leg. A post mortem showed the leg had a severe open fracture and was partially amputated causing severe pain and suffering.

The spring trap was illegally set and had deer legs scattered around it as bait, in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to attract wild birds.

We are appealing to the local community to pass on any information relating to a person, or persons, illegally killing birds, particularly birds of prey.

These traps are unlawful and indiscriminate and will cause unnecessary suffering to any bird or animal caught in them.

If anyone knows who this device might belong to then we would urge them to phone our animal helpline immediately on 03000 999 999. All calls can be treated confidentially.

Equally, if anyone spots an illegal trap such as this, or a trap or snare they suspect is illegal, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”


7 thoughts on “Illegal baited trap in Airdrie ‘a deliberate attempt to attract wild birds’, particularly birds of prey”

  1. You should read today’s edition of Angus County Press newspaper full page 11 regarding a visit by SNP MP Dave Doogan to the Angus Glen’s meeting with the BASC and the SRMG among others. He states how wonderful and important grouse shooting is for Scotland 🤔

  2. This appalling persecution and cruelty just goes on and on relentlessly . No-one outside this group seems to care a whit .

  3. Angus has a couple of SNP MSP’s whom many believe were groomed to adopt a position favouring Driven Grouse Moor shooting and who were speedily raised to Ministerial level in related fields on being elected. This tends to be how regional politics are arranged in this area. In my opinion it’s a cesspit.


  5. Backward Bastards, these have been illegal for decades, thats another massive home goal, very cruel way of catching birds is that, so cruel its been banned, any right minded person should realise that, they are not right minded though, just the types to get keepering and shooting a bad name.

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