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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 legislation.

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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