27th April 2018
Environmental campaigners are warning about a rise in badger baiting after discovering new evidence of the sickening activity in the Valley.
Activists from the Lancashire Badger Group, a charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of the badger, have warned the public after disturbed badger setts were found in Goodshaw.
These were discovered by a member of the public and reported to the Lancashire Badger Group.
The setts had been dug into from above and the fate of the badgers inside is unknown. The damage is fresh and activists suspect the incident has taken place within the last month.
The revelation has sparked fears that people in the borough and wider area are flouting the law – which prevents badgers being dug out of their setts and forced to fight dogs.
Under the Badger Protection Act, it is illegal to kill, injure or dig for a badger, intentionally damage a badger sett, or cause a dog to enter a badger sett.
Campaigners say those engaging in badger-baiting are ‘barbaric’.
John Taylor, spokesperson for the Lancashire Badger Group, said: “We are extremely concerned about the number of cases we have seen in recent weeks and months and call on the community to help bring the perpetrators to task. Someone knows who is committing these crimes.
“Badger-baiting and badger-digging are barbaric practices which have no place in civilised society.”
The Lancashire Badger Group does not give out specific locations of setts to prevent further episodes.
An activist, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Some people see them as pests, but that argument doesn’t hold up in Goodshaw – it’s all moorland.
“For others, it’s a sport – it’s about kudos and bravado.
We’d normally say not to challenge people [who are badger-baiting] – they’re dangerous, people should be calling the police if a crime is in progress. It’s very rare, normally we come across the aftermath.”
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