Badger Baiting in the UK
Torturing badgers until death is a thriving ‘sport’ across the UK. Baited by highly-trained dogs, both the badgers and dogs suffer inconceivably painful injuries.
Small terrier-type dogs are sent down setts to locate badgers and hold them at bay whilst baiters dig down. Once exposed, the badgers are dragged from their nests and either baited there and then by a pack of savagely-trained dogs, or they are sold to underground baiting rings, earning someone in excess of £500. Lamping for badgers is another favoured pastime, with baiters choosing to stalk foraging badgers late at night before unleashing their dogs in terrifying and gruesome combat.
One way or another, the badgers always die. In addition to their horrific injuries from being viciously attacked by dogs, they are also often deliberately wounded by the baiters in order to guarantee a longer fight by breaking their jaw, teeth or even a foot.
If the dogs survive, rather than receiving veterinary treatment for their open gashes, ripped ears and lips, and any other unimaginable injuries, they are stitched up by their owners without pain relief or anaesthetic; or they are killed.
For badger baiters, this is entertainment.
This year we will help end badger cruelty using a two-pronged approach by:
- Delivering vital police training on badger persecution, in conjunction with the Badger Trust
- Launching our own investigation into the persecution of badgers
Please donate whatever you can – we need your help to make this possible! Badgers are one of our national treasures, and are tragically facing the most brutal and unjust persecution from both criminals and the government. They need your protection more than ever!