Badger diggers arrested

A BLOOD sport swoop saw three men arrested in Northumberland. The Operation Seal inquiry was set up jointly between Northumbria Police and the RSPCA’s special operations unit. It followed an intelligence-led operation into badger baiting and cock fighting in Northumberland. The operation also investigated the baiting of other protected animals with dogs. Search warrants were …

Burnley badger digger avoids prison

A MAN who was chased by police after digging out a badger sett has avoided a jail sentence. Magistrates heard John Paul Fielden, 20, was caught by two officers in Cliviger after villagers spotted him and two friends interfering with a sett last August. Yesterday, Fielden, of Oxford Road, Burnley, was handed a 12-month prison …

Dogs seized in police raids on badger baiters

Ulster officers took action against blood sports enthusiasts following a Sunday Times investigation John Mooney An international network of badger baiters has been exposed following an under-cover investigation by The Sunday Times. The inquiry, run in conjunction with the Ulster Society (for the) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA), prompted a series of police raids …

Gamekeeper who clubbed badgers to death spared jail

Damien Pearse The Guardian, Saturday September 20 2008 A teenage gamekeeper who clubbed to death badgers and shot buzzards then recorded the illegal killings in a coded diary has been spared jail. Kyle Burden claimed he killed the animals ahead of the shooting season to protect pheasants and partridges, game for wealthy visitors to a …

Men fined for hunting a wild mammal and causing a dog to enter a badger sett

A man from Penrith and another from Skipton have been fined £200 each after hunting a fox with a dog and causing a dog to enter a badger sett. John Joseph Bowman, 19, of Lakeland View, Greengill, Penrith and William Smith, 27, of Keighley Road, Skipton today (Monday 19 May 2008) pleaded guilty to both …