Baiters blamed for badger deaths
4 September 2007 - BBC News
Badger baiters are to blame for the deaths of three animals in Fife, police
have said. A badger, a fox and a hare were all found dead at Castle Walk in
Crail over a three-week period. Fife Constabulary said a post mortem examination
carried out on the badger revealed that baiters might have been responsible for
Sgt Lindsey Brown said: "It is highly suspicious these three animals died in
the same area and in the same manner." She said: "We are looking at the
possibility that badger baiters or poachers were responsible. I would appeal for
anyone who was at the foreshore area of Crail between 6 and 21 August and who
may have seen anything suspicious to contact us."
PC Mark Maylin, one of the force's specialist wildlife crime officers, said
badger baiting was often linked to other forms of animal cruelty. He said: "If
we are dealing with badger baiters in Crail, we will use every means at our
disposal to detect those responsible for the barbaric and vicious deaths of
these animals. Badger baiting is often linked to dog fighting and is an
especially cruel death for the badger or the dogs. The dogs' owners will rarely
take an injured animal to a vet because it is obvious to the vet how it got its
injuries. The dog then often dies an agonising death." He added: "Badger baiters
face up to three years in prison if they are convicted of the crime.
Ch Supt Mike Flynn, of the Scottish SPCA, said three dead animals case was
one of a number detected over the last few months. He said: "Over the last few
months, the police and Scottish SPCA have charged several individuals with
badger baiting and this has happened because the public have provided the
information needed to progress the investigations. "It is confidential and
reward money of up to £1,000 can be given for information leading to a charge."
Calls can be made to a special badger baiting hotline on 08702404832.
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