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Advisory Note- Defra & Natural England
Any mole caught in a trap becomes a Protected Animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 making it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering.
Such traps therefore need to be visited at least once per day,although more frequent visits are recommended as moles have a high metabolic rate and may die if left in a trap without food for any length of time.
Following the completion of a successful mole treatment often the dead mole is left with the client. Whether this is contained in a bio-degradable bag-such as a dog waste bag or simply left in an agreed location,it may cause concern to the client as to " what do I do with it "or " can you take it away "?
Whichever the situation,it is necessary to know what the requirements are to this.The Guild have contacted DEFRA to clarify,and was informed:
Where wild animals are killed and require disposal they are deemed to be directive waste,and waste management controls apply. The carcasses of vermin poisoned by routine baiting ( this could include a mole,trapped and killed as a pest ) should be disposed of without delay to prevent contact with other wildlife.Small numbers of carcasses can be disposed of on site.
Although the Animal By-Products Regulation ( ABPR ) does not apply to dead wild animals,( unless thought to be diseased or used as game trophies ),and places landowners under no legal obligation as regards their disposal,owners or property on which there are dead wild animals are advised to contact their local authority for advice on appropriate disposal methods.
The reference to small numbers of carcasses being disposed of on site allows for dead moles to be buried or burned.