Castilla-La Mancha has called upon the ‘Consejo Regional de Caza’ (Regional Hunting Council), for the introduction of numerous modifications to the norms which manage hunting activities in that region. According to the Animalist Party (PACMA), these new measures are considered absurd in what refers to the suffering involved in the death of the animals.
One of the main topics on the table is the proposal by the Ministry of Agriculture to introduce the concept of “Trampero”, which involves the placing of hunting instruments like snares, foothold traps, etc. in hunting grounds. This kind of traps is usually involved in the hunting of wild dogs, foxes, among others, but they are also a real threat for basically any animal that crosses them – they also pose a real danger for the criticaly endangered Iberian Lynx in the wild.
The placing of these kinds of instruments may also be renamed to the “Wing type”, as it suposes the placing of snares in specific positions in determined areas, in a way that forces any animal to go through at least one of the traps.
This kind of hunt is forbidden in numerous regions throughout Spain, due to their extreme cruelty – the victims of a snare trap, for example, actually try to rip out their trapped limbs in order to escape, which results in massive loss of blood and the increase of risks of severe infections. A trapped animal is not always able to escape, and the death is always slow and painful.