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We received 384 responses to this consultation. The responses were broadly supportive of the increase in welfare standards.
We plan to implement the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards as soon as possible in 2019 but include a transition period of a year for stoats. This sends a clear signal to trap manufacturers and users that they must transition to compliant traps, whilst recognising they will need time to do so.
We want to know what you think about our plans for putting into effect the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) in the UK. The agreement seeks to improve the welfare of trapped animals. Of the 19 AIHTS listed species, only five occur in the wild in the UK (badger, otter, beaver, pine marten and stoat).
We are also seeking evidence on the supply, use and marking of traps to better inform our impact assessment.