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Join the campaign for a ban on cruel Larsen traps in Ireland

The cruel Larsen trap is used to catch magpies and other birds.

Designed in Denmark in the 1950s, these traps are now banned there due to the suffering caused. They use a permanently trapped bird to lure in other birds. They fly down on to the trap, fall through a collapsing floor and find themselves trapped too.

Before being brutally killed, they will be overcome with the fear and stress of confinement. Some will suffer thirst, hunger and starvation while others will sustain broken beaks and cut heads from futile attempts to smash their way to freedom. When magpie parents are caught, their orphaned chicks will starve to death in nests.

Larsen traps are also used to catch foxes.


Please join us in calling on the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs to urgently introduce a ban on Larsen traps.

Jimmy Deenihan, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Email: ministersoffice@tcs.gov.ie
[with a copy to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie - An Taoiseach]
Tel: (01) 631 3802
Fax: (01) 661 1201

Video: Magpie caught in cruel Larsen trap

Larsen traps are also used to cruelly trap foxes.

Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently back a ban on Larsen traps.

Find out their names and contact details.

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