'Jail badger baiters' says Wilson
23 February 2009 - BBC News
People involved in badger baiting should be jailed, Northern Ireland Environment Minister
Sammy Wilson has said.
Mr Wilson said: "There are laws to protect badgers, but in my view, the
sanctions are not strong enough."
The minister said he would be putting forward proposals before the Assembly
to strengthen existing legislation.
"In the revisions to the Wildlife Order, I am going to make proposals to have
prison sentences handed down to people who engage in this activity," he said.
"Anyone with any sort of humanity about them at all must take this very
Mr Wilson said he would like to increase co-operation with the authorities in
the Republic of Ireland to tackle the problem. "Whilst we can seize dogs from people's homes in Northern Ireland, they can't
be seized in the Republic which leaves a bit of a loophole," he said.
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