A CASE in which a 58-year-old man is accused of snaring and beating to death six badgers with a blunt instrument, has been continued for a second time without plea at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
Anthony Rogers, of Breconside Farm, Moffat, faces a total of nine charges at Dumfries Sheriff Court, six of them under the Protection of Badgers Act and two under the Wildlife and Countryside Act in connection with the deaths of the animals.
It is alleged in six charges that between January 1 and April 4 he snared and killed the badgers at Crockett Wood at the farm and a further charge alleges he cruelly ill-treated the animals.
He is also charged with setting in position a quantity of snares in close proximity to a badger sett which he knew to be active and between March 2 and 4 setting in position a snare and failing to inspect it at least once every day at intervals of no more than 24 hours.
The case has been continued for a further three weeks.