This video from England is called Herefordshire gamekeeper caught on camera at his illegal pole trap.
A two-day trial concluded at Scarborough Magistrates yesterday with the conviction of game farm owner Michael Wood, who was found guilty of permitting a pole trap last June.
Wood owns Westfield Farm in Cropton, North Yorkshire – a pheasant-breeding facility that supplies young birds to the game-shooting industry.
RSPB investigators found five pole traps placed around the rearing pens last summer. These traps are so barbaric they were outlawed over 100 years ago. They are basically a steel spring trap placed on top of a post (and usually nailed to the post with a short chain) so when a raptor lands on it, the trap crushes the bird’s legs and the bird is left dangling upside down for a prolonged and agonising death. Unbelievably, two farm workers were just given police cautions last year for setting these traps – why weren’t they prosecuted?
Wood was filmed by the RSPB Investigations…
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