Secret world of duck shooting

The shooting season has just started (1 September), but very few people in Britain will appreciate that, in addition to the 45 million partridges and pheasants mass-produced to be shot every year, almost one million ducks1 – just like those fed by families in parks – are also killed by ‘sport’ shooters. Animal Aid has …

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Suspended prison sentence for badger digging

Two men were yesterday, Wednesday 2 September, given suspended prison sentences and banned from keeping dogs after they were caught in the act of badger digging* by an undercover RSPCA inspector. Gerard Monk and Paul Billington were filmed digging a badger sett in woodland at Sandford, near Whitchurch, in Shropshire, on 11 May 2008. They …

Wheelton man caught badger digging given suspended sentence

A LANCASHIRE man who was caught badger digging by an undercover RSPCA inspector has avoided jail. Gerard Monk, 27, of Millbrook Close, Wheelton, near Chorley and Paul Billington, 37, of Llydir Lane, Rossett, Clywd, were filmed digging a badger sett in woodland at Sandford, near Whitchurch in Shropshire, in May last year. Both men fled …

TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright pleads guilty to hare coursing charge

Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright today escaped punishment after she admitted being a spectator at an hare coursing event. Ms Dickson-Wright and the leading race horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott joined hundreds of hunt supporters for two days of the traditional field sport held on farmland near Malton, North Yorkshire, in March 2007. Coursing, in which …

Essex man fined for tampering with badger’s sett

A BADGER protection group has called for landowners to contact them if they need advice about whether setts are still being used by the animals. The request comes after a Halstead man was fined £1,500 at Colchester Magistrates' Court after he admitted interfering with a badger sett. Richard Michael Butler, of Pennypot Corner, Gosfield, near …