are mechanical traps designed to catch an animal by its leg, using spring-operated jaws with teeth or a serrated edge.
A USPCA spokesman said: "It is very rare that an animal would survive the gin trap
MAIMED: Tim the three-legged cat is recovering after being stuck in this illegal gin trap
The RSPCA is appealing for help from people with information about the gin trap
have been illegal since 1953 and the one clamped to the cat's paw was old and rusty.
She said, ``People need to realise that items such as gin traps
can cause serious injuries to all kinds of animals.
A cat suffered horrific injuries when his leg was caught in an illegal gin trap
The charity says Linx, a two-year-old Burmese tomcat, was squealing in pain and unable to stand when he was found by his owner June David, of North Cornelly, Bridgend, last week, after an illegal gin trap
had cut into a hind leg.
THE RSPCA has launched an investigation after a cat was found at Ovingham, Prudhoe, with its paw in the serrated jaws of a gin trap
and had to have its leg amputated.
And to go with her ability - she was named after Martina Navratilova - Hingis has the court craft and a tennis brain as devastating as a gin trap
- heavy steel devices with razor-sharp teeth - were banned 30 years ago but were found on Scottish shooting estates in 2004.
I'd favour a six-mile contest for two-year-olds, to be run on reinforced concrete over 20 gin traps
and a big camouflaged pit with sharpened bamboo at the bottom of it.