Naturewatch Foundation Launch ‘2017 Strategy to end Badger Baiting’
Naturewatch Foundation Launch ‘2017 Strategy to end Badger Baiting’, the campaign 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.
These activities involve torturing badgers until death and they continue to be a thriving ‘sport’ across the UK. Both the badgers and dogs suffer inconceivably painful injuries.
Badger baiting involves sending small terrier-type dogs 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 perpetrators 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.
Badgers in our countryside desperately need help to protect them – they are one of our national treasures, and are tragically facing the most brutal and unjust persecution from both criminals and the government.
Our campaign 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. The outcome we are aiming for is to see more perpetrators are brought before the courts.
To achieve this, we are applying a two-pronged approach:
1) ACCREDITED BADGER PERSECUTION POLICE TRAINING: Naturewatch Foundation and the Badger Trust have joined forces to deliver accredited training courses to police forces across England and Wales.
Control Room Officers, Intelligence Officers, Wildlife Crime Officers and Senior Officers all play a significant role in fighting badger crime and it’s essential they all receive the training and learn how to fulfil their responsibilities towards protecting badgers.
The one-day course covers the following topics, equipping police to investigate badger related crime and present evidence that will stand up in court that, all being well, will lead to a successful prosecution.
- Badger ecology to enable police to recognise unusual activity
- How to identify and prove in court that a badger sett is active
- How to best use legislation to protect badgers
- How to investigate a crime scene and properly gather, record, keep and present evidence that will stand up in court and lead to a successful prosecution
- How to work with key partner organisations like Naturewatch Foundation and the Badger Trust.
2) INVESTIGATION: Working with professional investigators, we will gather evidence of badger baiting, lamping and digging activity. We will then pass on any evidence to the police for investigation, with the aim of bringing badger perpetrators before the courts.
To ensure the police know how to properly handle our evidence and conduct the investigation in the correct manner with the resources and senior support they need, the police force involved in the case will receive our police training in preparation.
Please donate whatever you can towards these two vital projects. Badgers need your protection more than ever!