My Beloved Cat Oscar Survived a Snare set for 'Wild' Animals
A Wildlife Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Jayne, League Against Cruel Sports
July 2021

I live in a small, rural community where many of my neighbours are passionately pro-hunt and shooting enthusiasts. Jayne isnít my real name, but I daren't identify myself for fear of recrimination. Thatís why I havenít shared a picture of Oliver either, though I wish I could.

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Wildlife snare...

I would like to tell you Oliver's story. Although it begins over ten years ago, the memory of that dreadful day hasnít faded at all. Itís a difficult story to tell, but I promise you, it has a happy ending.

It was a bitterly cold February morning...the ground was frozen hard. I was driving out to do my family shop, when I saw Oliver trudging slowly across a field with what I first thought was something in his mouth. Heíd always been an outdoor explorer, so at first I assumed heíd become tangled in some vegetation. I then realised with horror he had a metal object clamped to his front leg. By the time he reached the fence by my side he was clearly exhausted and in agony.

Oliver is my beloved cat. Heíd been caught in a trap.

Every second was vital if he was going to survive

There was no time for shopping, I had to get Oliver to the vet immediately. He was rushed into surgery within hours. The crushing injuries were so severe that amputation was the only option. Heíd need at least three weeks caged convalescence which for a semi-wild cat like Oliver would be awful, but euthanasia was out of the question. I couldnít lose him.

But, hereís the happy ending I promised you; Oliver recovered and adapted well to life on three legs. He lived a long, happy life for over a decade, although his former adventurous lifestyle was largely over. He lived well into old age, becoming firm friends with our Border Collie, despite initial misgivings!

Itís still happening every day. It needs to stop.

Itís happening all around us. Snares and traps are widely used by the shooting industry to protect their farmed Ďgameí birds from natural predators so they can be shot for Ďsportí. Iím so grateful to the League Against Cruel Sports, who are dedicated to ending the use of these brutal contraptions. Like you, I canít bear to see the suffering of these innocent animals. Please give a little today, to help them, if you can.

Iím so thankful Oliver survived, but so many animals arenít so lucky. These traps are indiscriminate. They cause a slow, agonizing death to any animal caught Ė this can be a fox, badger, rabbit or, like Oliver, a beloved companion. Itís heartbreaking.

Iíll never know who set the trap but it was probably someone I know.

I live in a small, rural community where many of my neighbours are passionately pro-hunt and shooting enthusiasts. Jayne isnít my real name, but I daren't identify myself for fear of recrimination. Thatís why I havenít shared a picture of Oliver either, though I wish I could.

I hope you can support the League and help them to build a more compassionate society, where I donít need to hide behind a false name to share my awful experience with you. Please give a little today, to help animals escape this terrible suffering.


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