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, …

Man charged with shooting badger

A man was today charged with shooting a badger dead after one of the protected creatures was found with a bullet wound last year. Michael Pierce, 57, is charged with two offences under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 - killing a badger and using a firearm to kill a badger. Pierce was held after …

The poor anglers

The resurgence of otters, once threatened with extinction, is causing a headache for anglers amid claims the predators are emptying rivers and lakes of fish. The situation has become so serious that leading figures from the sport are demanding a cull of the animals. The call will prove highly controversial because otters have become an …

Gamekeeper at Balmoral on trial over badger traps

Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent One of the Queen's gamekeepers at Balmoral is being prosecuted for wildlife offences after two badgers were killed by snares laid on the estate. Robbie Elliot is to appear at Stonehaven sheriff court next month. He has been accused under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of failing to properly check …

Harewood House estate angrily denies ‘animal death pit’ allegations

By Mark Casci Agricultural Correspondent ALLEGATIONS of animal cruelty at a Yorkshire estate have been strenuously denied by its managers after an animal rights organisation accused it of the "systematic slaughter of wildlife". Harewood House has furiously rejected claims made by the League Against Cruel Sports that it was engaged in the persecution of wildlife …

Government welfare body attacks gamebird battery cages

The government's official advisory body on farmed animal welfare has today launched a devastating attack on the systems used to mass-produce pheasants and partridges for 'sport' shooting. The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), in its Opinion on the Welfare of Farmed Gamebirds, is especially critical of battery cages for breeding birds. First exposed nationally by …

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 …