‘League issues public appeal as badger persecution reports soar’

Posted on March 7, 2013


Today (7th March), the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) posted an appeal on their web-site which they issued on the 6th March, titled ‘League issues public appeal as badger persecution reports soar’.

‘… Wednesday 6th March 2013: Leading anti-hunting charity, the League Against Cruel Sports, is issuing an appeal for the public to report any instances of suspected badger set interference following a steep rise in reports of badger persecution.

Reports received by the charity’s Wildlife CrimeWatch line saw a 300 per cent increase in calls relating to badger sett interference during December 2012, of which a significant amount related to active badger setts being blocked.

Intelligence and first hand accounts from local badger groups working closely with the League, suggest that hunts are largely to blame. Traditional hunting counties such as Yorkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Essex have been identified as areas of particular concern.

Mark Randell Head of Intelligence at the League explains: “Hunts will often block setts in advance of meets to prevent live foxes from using them as refuge from the chasing hounds. This is often carried out by terrier men on the morning of a hunt meet, leaving badgers inside their setts trapped and left to suffocate or starve to death.

“Chasing foxes or any wild animal with dogs is illegal. The intentional blocking of a badger sett to ensure there is no escape for the pursued animal, provides strong evidence of intent to break the law.”

February and March are important months for pregnant and nursing badgers and the League fears that the rise in this illegal activity will and has also put the lives of new born cubs at risk of being buried alive. The plight of badgers living in England doesn’t stop there. The lives of thousands of badgers remain at risk from the Government’s proposed cull, aimed to halt the spread of TB in cattle due to take place later this year.

Badgers are a protected species under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. Interfering with a badger sett or harming a badger in anyway is a criminal offence. The League is asking the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to both the Police and to the League Against Cruel Sports, through our Wildlife Crimewatch line on 01483 361 108 or by visiting www.league.org.uk/wildlifecrimewatch …’

Read the item at www.league.org.uk/news/1110/League-issues-public-appeal-as-badger-persecution-reports-soar

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