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Question 474 - Answered on 6th June, 2012

Maureen O'Sullivan, TD: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the National Parks and Wildlife Service will confiscate and destroy thousands of unlawful Nooski traps recently found to be in possession of a person (details supplied) in County Cork which are unlawful under Section 34(6) of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by Section 42 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000; if confiscation and destruction of such traps will be carried out by the National Parks and Wildlife Service instead of placing the onus on the UK supplier to recover them; if he will address the supplying of such traps here and the facilitation of their sale in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Ref No: 27135/12


The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D.): The use of traps, snares and nets in relation to wildlife is governed by the Wildlife Act 1976 (Approved Traps, Snares and Nets) Regulations 2003. The “Nooski Animal Trap” referred to by the Deputy does not meet the requirements set by these Regulations and is, therefore, illegal. Officials of my Department understand that the traps in question have been returned to the UK distributer.


Ask the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Minister Jimmy Deenihan why the illegal traps were not confiscated and destroyed.

Conor O Raghallaigh
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2

Tel: +353-1-888 3242
Email: nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie

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
Tel: (01) 631 3802
Fax: (01) 661 1201

Illegal: the Nooski animal trap. If you are aware of anyone possessing or offering this trap for sale, please immediately Email ICABS.

Video: Nooski trap victim

As this disturbing video shows, death for creatures caught in the cruel Nooski trap is not immediate.

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