Dead badgers dumped at roadside
14 May 2008 - BBC News
A police investigation is continuing in the Borders after two dead badgers
were found dumped on a roadside. The incident took place earlier this month near
Duns and it was later found that both animals had been snared. It has prompted
claims from animal rights groups that people snaring badgers were trying to pass
off their victims as "road kill".
Wildlife group Scottish Badgers Species
Protection Officer Ian Hutchison said it highlighted the cruelty of such snares.
"Snares are meant to restrain animals until such time as the person who sets the
snare comes along and either humanely dispatches the target species or releases
the non-target species unharmed," he said. "Clearly this has not happened here
and both animals have had their necks broken by the snares - one had almost been
A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed it was investigating
the incident. "I can confirm that two dead badgers were found at the side of the
road," she said. "Inquiries concluded that they may have been killed by the use
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