Persecution - Together we can save that badger


For centuries badgers have been persecuted by man and have been subjected to horrific cruelty. Sadly this treatment continues today. It is estimated that 10,000 badgers are killed every year through persecution.
The legislation protecting badgers is comprehensive.

How you can help

If you suspect badger persecution or sett interference then make notes to record:

  1. the number of men;
  2. general descriptions;
  3. direction they are heading in;

Noting particularly;

  1. vehicle types;
  2. colour of vehicles;
  3. registration numbers.
DO NOT approach or challenge the suspect/s but monitor the event from a safe distance. Then contact the police and the Gwent Badger Group via our 24 hr Emergency Contact No.


Protection of Badgers Act 1992


The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it an offence to willfully:

  1. Take, injure or kill a badger;
  2. Cruelly ill-treat a badger;
  3. Interfere with a badger sett;
  4. Selling or being in possession of a live badger; and
  5. Marking or ringing a badger.

A person convicted of an offence or offences under the terms of the Act:

  1. is liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months per offence, and or a fine not exceeding level 5 (approx £5000).
  2. will have any badger, skin, and if the court sees fit, any weapon or article used in committing the offence forfeited

Any dog used in committing an offence may be destroyed, and the offender disqualified from having custody of a dog, and made to pay for the dogs destruction.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981


Section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits the taking and killing wild animals either by means of:

  1. snaring;
  2. shooting; and
  3. poisoning

Badgers are listed on Schedule 6 of the Act.