I was very concerned to read about the theft of traps from Pershore mole catcher Michael Pincher ("Holey mole-y. Vintage trap theft sparks warning of infestation", WN, December 11th).
There is little doubt that the thieves will not have the professional expertise of Mr Pincher and, if they attempt to use the traps to catch moles, may do so incorrectly and so cause additional suffering to the animals.
Even correct use of traps causes death and possible suffering to moles, of course, but, thankfully, there is a Mole Advice Sheet available from Animal Aid at http://tinyurl.com/AnimalAid-Moles that gives information on non-lethal ways of dealing with mole activity.
Alternatively, those without internet access can call Animal Aid on 01732 364546 to request a copy.
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