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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 beheaded."

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 of snares."

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