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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 conducting our own covert investigations into badger crime, passing high-quality information packs to law enforcement agencies. They then use the information to initiate further investigations, gather intelligence, or take enforcement action, which is the ultimate outcome we’re aiming for.

We’re asking members of the public to tell our Animal Crime Manager about anyone they suspect are involved in badger crime. 
 
Be a #Hero4Badgers.
 

 

2. 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.
 

 

3. We’re teaching school teens about badger crime
 

We are working with badger groups and police forces to deliver a School Awareness Programme to school children aged 13 years old and above to raise awareness of badger ecology, illegal badger persecution and legislation.  The presentation contains a mix of eye-opening video footage and photographs of crime scenes while informing pupils how they can help police fight badger crime.

 

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.

 

4. We’re members of key coalition groups
 

To increase our influence with fundamental decision-making processes among partner organisations, including the police and other leading animal welfare charities, we are members of:
 

 

5. 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.