Implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards - Proposals for implementation and evidence for impact assessment

Closed 30 Apr 2018

Opened 19 Mar 2018


We are seeking views on proposals for implementing the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) in the UK. We are also seeking evidence on the supply, use and marking of traps to better inform our impact assessment. 

Why We Are Consulting

The aim of the Agreement on Human trapping standards (AIHTS) is to ensure a sufficient level of welfare of trapped animals, and to further improve this welfare.  The agreement covers trapping of animals for fur, skin or meat, conservation, pest control and general wildlife management purposes. 

All traps designed to kill or restrain are covered by AIHTS, including cage traps, and snares (however, none of the species relevant to the UK are trapped using snares). 

AIHTS covers a range of species commonly trapped outside the UK for commercial purposes, five of which occur in the wild in the UK (badger, otter, beaver, pine marten and stoat).

This consultation sets out proposals for how the AIHTS will be implemented in the UK in order to improve the welfare of certain trapped animals and also to gather information on the supply, use and marking of traps to better inform our impact assessment.  

It chiefly impacts on those in the UK who trap species covered by the Agreement, especially the gamekeeping sector, who regularly and widely catch stoats to protect game birds, but also trap retailers, manufacturers and importers, pest control companies, country estates/farms and other land managers, conservation organisations and traders of fur and fur products derived from trapped animals will also be affected.



  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Environmental professional services
  • Local Authorities
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Veterinarians
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Farmers
  • Fishermen
  • Horticulture Industry
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants


  • Natural environment
  • Local nature partnerships
  • Biodiversity
  • Animals
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • DEFRA Policy
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Poultry industry
  • Dairy industry
  • Cattle
  • Animal diseases
  • Animal welfare
  • Farm management
  • Land management
  • Livestock disease control
  • Rural economy and communities
  • Forestry
  • National Parks
  • Nature reserves
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Wildlife crime
  • Wildlife management
  • Protecting wildlife