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Animal welfare activists are warning about the dangers of using glue traps after a shocking case emerged from the UK.
The RSPCA posted a heartbreaking photo of a 'beautiful little robin' that 'fell victim to the inhumane glue trap' and later died as a result of its injuries.
They've posted the distressing image to Facebook, while appealing the public to report shops selling such traps.
"[The bird's] chest, legs and wings were entirely stuck, leaving him unable to escape," the message from the group read.
"A member of the public found him and called us, but we discovered that both of his legs were broken and his wings and feathers were badly damaged.
"As a result, heartbreakingly, the kindest thing to do was to put him to sleep.
"Sadly these aren't illegal but we greatly disagree with the use of them."
The RSPCA asked followers to send any potential information about the glue traps to their email address.
They concluded: "Thank you for helping us to prevent more animals suffering like this poor robin."
The sad news comes amid new laws being passed in NSW that would see those committing acts of animal abuse receiving harsher punishments for their crimes.
Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall outlined the new rules, saying they wanted to send a clear message that injuring an animal will not be tolerated.
Those who commit the worst crimes, like such as bashing a dog, drowning a cat or torturing a horse, can expect a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to two years behind bars.
The fine is a massive increase from the $22,000 that used to be imposed on people who attacked defenceless animals. These criminals would also be banned from owning another animal for the rest of their life.