A CASE at Dumfries Sheriff Court in which a 58-year-old man has been accused of snaring and beating to death six badgers, has been continued for a week to allow further discussions between his solicitors and the procurator fiscal.
Anthony Rogers, of Breconside Farm, Moffat, has pleaded not guilty to a total of nine charges in connection with the deaths of the animals which were alleged to have been beaten with a blunt instrument.
The charges, under the Protection of Badgers Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act are said to have taken place at Crockett Wood at the farm between January 1 and April 4.
Six of the charges relate to snaring and killing the badgers and a further charge alleges he cruelly ill-treated the animals.
He is also accused of setting in position a quantity of snares in close proximity to a badger sett which he knew to be active.