Outrage as Badger Nailed to Tree
11 May 2006 - BBC News
Wildlife campaigners have condemned an attack on a badger that was found
nailed to a tree. It is thought the young female was set upon by dogs before
being hung up by her paws in a woodland near Doncaster.
A spokesman for the
Yorkshire Badger Group, who made the grim discovery, said attacks on the
animals were increasing in the area.
"We've had a lot of trouble with attacks recently, but this is the worse I've
come across," he said. "We need to catch these people and stop these barbaric
acts going on."
As a protected species, anyone convicted of killing a badger or damaging its
sett faces a fine of up to £5,000 or six months imprisonment.
Group spokesman said its members monitored the setts as much as they could
but more than 20 had been targeted in the past year.
"There's not just one group responsible and it's a problem all across
Yorkshire, but Doncaster is a hotspot for cruelty," he said. "Twenty years ago
there were only two setts in Doncaster and they had slowly started to become
more established. Now they're dying out and if this carries on, they're going to
be extinct within a couple of years."
The attack is under investigation by South Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA.
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