Badger Baiting in the UK
Watching badgers and dogs fight until death is perceived as good fun for some people. In fact, some baiters have even been known to join in the fight, brutally beating the badgers with spades or stamping on them.
The badgers always die in the end, but that ‘end’ is the result of a long, excruciatingly painful and frightening struggle. The dogs may also die. But if not, their wounds that usually consist of serious lacerations to the jaw and bite marks on their necks and muzzle, are treated without professional veterinary care.
These sadistic acts of violence are happening all over the UK in the name of entertainment. Due to the sheer volume of the illegal persecution of badgers, it continues to be listed as one of the six UK Wildlife Crime Priorities by the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
Our aim is to bring an end to badger baiting, sett digging, illegal lamping, killing and other acts of cruelty towards badgers involving the use of dogs.
What we’re doing to make this happen:
1. We’re investigating badger crime
We’re asking members of the public to tell our Animal Crime Manager about anyone they suspect is involved in badger crime.
2. We’re teaching school teens about badger crime
We have worked with a young conservationist and filmmaker, Alex Collins, to create a documentary film about badgers and the threats they face, aimed at teenagers.
We’re inviting anyone who works with teenagers to feature the short documentary in their schedules, including teachers, youth workers, police officers and wildlife organisations. We’re also offering a free Education Support Pack to supplement the video upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also worked closely with a Saatchi-shortlisted artist, award-winning photographer, writer and lyricist, Geoff Francis, to publish a wildlife crime novel - ‘A Badger’s Tale’. It’s tale of magic and heartbreak, that offers a whirlwind of emotions as you’re taken through an enchanted story about a badger clan and a lost boy. To buy a copy, please call us on 01242 252871.
3. We’re members of key coalition groups
- The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime UK
- Wildlife and Countryside Link
- Badger Persecution Priority Delivery Group
- Cyber-Enabled Wildlife Crime Priority Delivery Group
4. We’re donating annually to the PAW Forensic Analysis Fund
We’re making an annual financial contribution to the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Forensic Analysis Fund, which police can access to help pay for forensic investigations into badger crime, e.g. DNA testing of badger hair.
5. We launched a guide to help police forces prosecute cases of badger persecution
Partnering with the Badger Trust, we’ve published ‘The Persecution of Badgers: A Guide for Investigators in England & Wales’ . The publication was proudly launched at the 31st UK Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference in November 2019.