Two men found guilty of badger digging

Two men have been found guilty of badger digging* after they were caught in the act by an undercover RSPCA inspector. Gerard Monk and Paul Billington were filmed digging a badger sett in woodland at Sandford near Whitchurch on 11 May last year. They fled the scene after realising they had been watched. Both men …

Magistrate offers to cull wild boar

MAGISTRATE Nick Negus has offered to help the Forestry Commission cull wild boar in the Forest of Dean. The keen hunter and parish councillor, who has spent decades travelling to the forests of Germany and Croatia to shoot boar, told the Forestry Commission he knew people who could do the job with the right weapons. …

Welsh badger cull is brutal, futile and incomprehensible

Plans to cull badgers in Pembrokeshire will not work and amount to little more than a Welsh assembly effort to secure farmers' votes Badger cubs in the Westcountry The Welsh assembly has published a consultation document which would mean the total eradication of badgers from north Pembrokeshire, Wales. It would be stupid to deny that …

Police raid Scottish grouse moor after poisoned red kite is found dead

Three injured hunting dogs seized in raid of six properties, including gamekeepers' homes, on an estate near Edinburgh A sporting estate near Edinburgh has been raided by police after a poisoned red kite and several alleged baits were found earlier this month. Estate vehicles and six properties, including gamekeepers' homes, were searched on Raeshaw estate, …

Buy & Sell urged to stop blood sport dog adverts

Animal welfare groups in the Irish Republic have called on Buy & Sell, a classified listings newspaper, to stop carrying advertisements for dogs used in illegal blood sports. The newspaper is being used by blood-sports enthusiasts to exchange dogs specially bred for use in badger baiting and dog fighting, according to animal-welfare organisations. Although the …