Royal gamekeeper fined for snaring badger at Balmoral

A gamekeeper on the royal family's Highland estates at Balmoral has been fined after a badger was killed by one of his snares, breaching wildlife crime legislation. Robbie Elliot, 45, admitted he had failed to check a snare at least once a day at Birkhall, Prince Charles's Scottish holiday home at Balmoral which he inherited …

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Drug dealer with illegal dog escapes ban on owning pets

A CONVICTED drug dealer who admitted having an illegal American pit bull terrier has escaped a ban on keeping animals. Animal welfare officers and members of the public yesterday criticised the decision, particularly as the banned dog was found to have injuries consistent with being involved in fighting. Neighbours of Colin Boyle in the Borders …

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 …

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 …