Nightmare traps

Dear Editor,

One of my dogs was caught in one of the worst wire-trapped areas that I have ever come across.

It would seem that if people keep chickens on their land, they prefer to set wire traps all around the hens, instead of wiring them in as one does normally.   

My dog laid there for 24 hours with a strangling wire round his neck and it was only by sheer luck and good ears on my part that I found him.    

I believe that these traps are illegal, and if they are not, they should be.  

Clareanes, where I live, is just on the outskirts of Loulé and I know the men love their hunting, as we do in the UK and the rest of Europe, but why if they must use traps don’t they check them daily to see if another poor creature is caught up, and not just leave them there to die in cruel misery?

The indifference and cruelty on the part of some is a disgrace to the otherwise fabulous Portuguese people.

I have been here for 25 years and I thought things were supposed to be getting better.

I would be very interested to know what the European laws on these handmade traps are.

We pay our taxes here and are legal residents and I would not want to live anywhere else, but something has to be done about these nightmare traps!

Janet Bentley


Editor’s note: Dear Janet, these traps are indeed illegal. The Algarve Resident contacted the regional hunting federation and a spokesman said that using traps to catch any type of animal is illegal. People who come across these traps are encouraged to contact the federation or the local GNR. Please note that the GNR have their own nature protection force, called EPNA. The Algarve’s hunters federation (Federação de Caçadores do Algarve) can be contacted on 281 326 469 or email [email protected]