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persecution – the figures
– 20,000 badgers are killed by diggers and baiters
die on roads and as a result of damage to their natural environments
badgers are to be culled over four years to help control Bovine
Watch and Rescue Dyfed – the background
The Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed team we feature in our video clip
operates throughout Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
The Badger Watch & Rescue Dyfed team are just one of 80 groups throughout
the UK who belong to The National Federation of Badger Groups. (See
Links for a full list and links,
plus numerous excellent articles on badgers and the threats to their
way of life).
The so-called ‘sport’ of badger-baiting involves digging a badger
out of its sett, breaking its back legs, its back, or both, and
then unleashing fighting dogs onto it. This sickening ‘sport’ involves
betting and selling on badgers for fighting.
and the law
baiting with dogs has been illegal in this country since 1835.
for badgers was made illegal by the Badger Act 1973
Protection of Badgers Act (1992) made it illegal to own or ill-treat
maximum sentence, if you're found guilty of any of these crimes,
is 6 months imprisonment or a fine of £5,000. (See Links
for further details).
baits the badger?
Whether or not they are doing it for financial gain, or for sheer
sick pleasure, these people are carrying out an illegal act that
can carry a prison sentence of up to six months for anybody who
is successfully prosecuted.
you suspect people of badger baiting because, for example, they’re
carrying spades and have dogs with them, do not under any circumstances
confront them. Instead contact the police or your local RSPCA Officer
with the relevant car registration numbers, if you have them.
and the net
If you yourself discover any new setts, do not publish this information
over the Web in any form whatsoever – you would only be signing
a death warrant for the sett. Contact your local badger group by
to do if you find an injured badger
Contact your local RSPCA or badger group and leave the rescue to
an experienced badger handler.
and bovine tuberculosis
The issue of badgers and Bovine TB is highly contentious. The government
has recently implemented a £7 million a year controlled cull of
badgers in areas where Bovine TB is prevalent so that they don’t
spread this highly contagious disease. See Links
for the government’s stance on the need for badger culling.
badger groups say about Bovine TB
Many groups remain sceptical about the links between badgers and
Bovine TB, and are actively opposing the cull, claiming that the
money should instead be spent on developing a vaccine for this tragic
disease. See Links for The Countryside
Council of Wales’ view of the culling programme, and Links
for The National Federation of Badger Groups’ opposition to the
Although outbreaks of Bovine TB have occurred in Gwent and Dyfed,
at present there are no badger culling programmes being carried
out in Wales.
Whilst Britain’s largest wild mammal is not, as yet, a threatened
species, it is not difficult to imagine a time when the badger might
be as rare to these shores as otters and beavers, if not actually