Badger death Royal worker fined
17 June 2009 - BBC News
A gamekeeper has been fined £450 after a badger was killed by a snare on
Prince Charles's estate on Royal Deeside. Robbie Elliot, 45, admitted a charge
under the Wildlife and Countryside Act at Stonehaven Sheriff Court. The badger
was found in May last year, trapped in a fox snare in a forested area on
Birkhall estate. Mr Elliot had failed to check the equipment as required under
The court heard a fine might lead to potentially "catastrophic" effects on
Elliot's gamekeeping future. He declined to comment after the case.
Ian Hutchison, of Scottish Badgers, told BBC Scotland: "I think it's a great
pity this chap has committed this offence. Legislation was made specifically to
make sure snares were checked every 24 hours. It's a welfare issue, you have got
an animal trapped in a state of fear and alarm. Badgers are incredibly powerful
animals and would fight against the snare. They should be released, and this has
not happened." He added: "These incidents keep happening again and again."
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