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Badger (copyright Jon Hawkins)Badger baiting was made illegal in 1835 but still exists today. This has become common again over the last 20 years. Badger diggers use dogs (often wearing collars with electronic transmitters for tracking underground) and digging equipment to take badgers from their setts. Captured badgers are then attacked by dogs for the sport with spectators gambling on the outcome.

Top offences against badgers:

  • taking, injuring or killing badgers
  • cruelty
  • interfering with badger setts
  • selling and possession of live badgers

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