The following is a short excerpt about legislation regarding traps, Please note that it is illegal to release rats or squirrels if caught in a live trap. The RSPCA will now have to kill squirrels and deer thanks to new EU rules.
The fine for not putting down a squirrel could be as high as £250,000.
Rescue groups and vets will be forced to euthanise muntjac deer and grey squirrels under new EU rules introduced on Sunday - which have banned anyone from saving them.
It is now illegal to nurse any members of the invasive species that are injured and return them to the wild.
The RSPCA and other animal charities have said they will now "have no other option but to put them to sleep" thanks to the Invasive Alien Species order.
The EU regulations - devised in 2014 - are aimed at controlling non-native species that put natural plants and wildlife at risk.
Non-native grey squirrels are blamed for the decline in native reds and muntjac deer are accused of causing road accidents and damage to crops.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: "We are extremely disappointed that the licences to release grey squirrels and muntjac back to the wild after rehabilitation are not being reissued.
Grey squirrels, native to eastern North America, are considered an invasive species in the UK and Ireland because they are not regulated by natural predators.
They have been displacing red squirrels for decades, owing to its greater fitness, bigger size, greater strength, and ability to store fat for winter.
By contrast, red squirrels are fatally affected by parapoxvirus - a disease to which eastern grey squirrels are immune and unaffected.
And muntjac deer, long considered an invasive species, are among the most numerous across England and Wales.
The new law - also known as the 'Enforcement Order' - requires for "effective management measures to be put in place for widely-spread species, so that their impact on biodiversity, the related ecosystem services and human health or the economy are minimised".
It sets out the penalties for breach of the restrictions in the Principal Regulation, defences, and other enforcement-related provisions.
Originally meant to have been implemented last March, and then last October, the law came into force today.
It means people will be banned by law from releasing captive grey squirrels and muntjac deer. They said: "From the 1st December, we will no longer be legally allowed to release grey squirrels or muntjac deer back into the wild. This is due to the Defra ruling on invasive species control, and we, as a rescue organisation, would be in serious breach of the law if we were to release either of these animals after that date. The fine for breach can range from £3,000 to £250,000 and can potentially carry jail sentences if the breach is considered serious enough. We will continue to admit grey squirrels and muntjac deer but they will be put to sleep humanely and with dignity. Please note, that this is a ruling out of the control of the RSPCA or any other rescue organisation or charity. Also, very importantly, this ruling extends to any individual so we would recommend against attempting rehabilitation in your own homes, no matter how much you may wish to.
Live Capture Traps
Live capture cage traps are cage boxes that open at 1 or both ends
The doors are triggered by a plate or hook that may have bait placed on them
They are used to capture species such as foxes
They should be large enough to accommodate the target species
Cages should be inspected at least once every day.
Target species must be humanely dispatched at the most suitable opportunity
The body should be responsibly disposed of
Non target species must be released unharmed as soon as possible
Traps must not be set in a position where the captured animal will be exposed to
extremes of temperature or the risk of flooding.
Species not Resident in the United Kingdom
Under the terms of the wildlife and countryside act 1981 and the wildlife (northern
Ireland) order 1985, it is an offence to release the following wild animal that is not a
resident or regular visitor to the united kingdom in a wild state, or any of the following
animal listed in Part 1 of schedule 9.