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Non-Emergency Enquiries: 101

Badger Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:

    What should I do if I see someone badger baiting?

    A:

    If you see someone with digging equipment and dogs in an area where badgers are known to live, do not approach them. Take down the vehicle registration number of any vehicles parked nearby and call police immediately.

  • Q:

    Does the badger baiting and digging cause injuries to the badger?

    A:

    Both badger baiting and digging is extremely cruel with the badgers suffering severe injuries. The dogs used are also often very badly injured; badgers will fight when cornered - this can cause complex injuries to both dogs and badgers.

  • Q:

    How are badgers hunted?

    A:

    Badgers are hunted using powerful hand lamps when they are out foraging for food during the night. When they are located dogs are set on them before they have the chance to find shelter. Badgers fall victim to other forms of illegal persecution including snaring, poisoning, disturbance and destruction of their setts.

  • Q:

    Who are legally allowed to have contact with badgers?

    A:

    The only people legally allowed to have contact with badgers require a licence to be issued related to Sections 6-10 of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

  • Q:

    How can I help?

    A:

    Badger groups made up of volunteers play an important role in helping prevent cruelty to badgers. The groups work with police and other agencies to protect local setts. If you find a badger sett that has been damaged or destroyed notify the police on 101.